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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Roughest, Toughest Race On The Planet, Women's 10K

We can only observe and marvel at the pain and suffering that the elite marathon swimming women will go through at the FINA World Championships 10 km marathon swim in Barcelona, Spain on July 23rd next week.

Marathon des Sables, Badwater Ultramarathon, Race Across America, the Iditarod, Hawaiian Ironman, and Tour de France are renowned, punishing endurance races. Without a doubt, many athletes must themselves beyond reason in these competitions.

They are endurance events that pit the human spirit and capabilities against nature, conditions, and distances. Man vs. Nature, Mind over Matter. No pain, no gain. No guts, no glory.

But in the women's world championship 10 km race, the contestants will have 2 hours of pure aerobic hell as they are slamming into one another, getting hit with elbows and knees, and dealing with other competitors veering them off-course, slapping on their legs, and entangling their arms. Goggles come off, teeth are chipped, bruises results. All while they are dealing with trying to navigate in an offshore environment. This is why we call it the roughest, toughest race on the planet.

The 53 women will race right from the start. They will absolutely punish themselves with a blistering pace that begins on the first stroke. With fearless swimmers like world champions Angela Maurer and Ana Marcela Cunha competing against Olympic medalists like Keri-Anne Payne and Éva Risztov just trying to get in front will be difficult.

But it is in the middle of the lead pack where the real damage is done. The physicality among the women goes beyond anything in the men's race. The 10 km marathon swim is analogous to a wrestling match that breaks out during a marathon run. Zsofia Balazs, Melissa Gorman, Martina Grimaldi, Christine Jennings, Rebecca Mann, Poliana Okimoto, Yurema Requena Juarez, Karla Šitić, Erika Villaécija García, Olga Beresnyeva, and Ophelie Aspord are just a few of the top swimmers who will be banging into one another, keeping the FINA officials busy and diligent as can be.

Yellow cards are a given; red cards are also a guarantee. Tempers will flare and fierce words will be aimed at one another. The action is brutal and constant for 2 straight hours, with no let-up. Either on straightaways and especially around the turn buoys, the women's 10 km marathon swim is the most physical endurance race on the planet, bar none. The competitors have to handle the physicality at the same time they are swimming almost all out and navigating at the same time, occasionally stopping for mere seconds to down a bit of hydration.

It is a difficult race to predict, but we suspect that the race will come down to a final sprint with Angela Maurer, Ana Marcela Cunha, Keri-Anne Payne, Éva Risztov, Ophelie Aspord, Poliana Okimoto, Melissa Gorman, Martina Grimaldi, Christine Jennings, and Rebecca Mann in the lead pack on the final stretch.

And an Italian, American, and Hungarian flag to be flown at the post-race awards ceremony.

The list of competitors include the following:

1. Angélica André (PORTUGAL)
2. Kalliopi Araouzou (GREECE)
3. Julia Lucila Arino (ARGENTINA)
4. Ophelie Aspord (FRANCE)
5. Cara Baker (NEW ZEALAND)
6. Zsofia Balazs (CANADA)
7. Celia Barrot (FRANCE)
8. Olga Beresnyeva (UKRAINE)
9. Rachele Bruni (ITALY)
10. Nataly Rosalia Caldas Calle (ECUADOR)
11. Fiona On Yi Chan (HONG KONG)
11. Ana Marcela Cunha (BRAZIL)
12. Laila El Basiouny (EGYPT)
13. Yanqiao Fang (CHINA)
14. Heidi Gan (MALAYSIA)
15. Melissa Gorman (AUSTRALIA)
16. Elizaveta Gorshkova (RUSSIA)
17. Martina Grimaldi (ITALY)
18. Valerie Gruest (GUATEMALA)
19. Chelsea Gubecka (AUSTRALIA)
20. Danielle Huskisson (GREAT BRITAIN)
21. Mariya Ivanova (KAZAKHSTAN)
22. Christine Jennings (UNITED STATES)
23. Yumi Kida (JAPAN)
24. Clarice Le Roux (SOUTH AFRICA)
25. Hannah Hang Fung Li (HONG KONG)
26. Marianna Lymperta (GREECE)
27. Rebecca Mann (UNITED STATES)
28. Angela Maurer (GERMANY)
29. Florencia Belen Mazzei Villegas (ARGENTINA)
30. Vicenia Navarro (VENEZUELA)
31. Poliana Okimoto (BRAZIL)
32. Anna Olasz (HUNGARY)
33. Keri-Anne Payne (GREAT BRITAIN)
34. Paola Perez (VENEZUELA)
35. Permana Risa Andriani Permana (INDONESIA)
36. Barbora Picková (CZECH REPUBLIC)
37. Yurema Requena Juarez (SPAIN)
38. Éva Risztov (HUNGARY)
39. Emma Robinson (NEW ZEALAND)
40. Xeniya Romanchuk(KAZAKHSTAN)
41. Lizeth Rueda Santos (MEXICO)
42. Silvie Rybářová (CZECH REPUBLIC)
43. Poorva Kiran Shetye (INDIA)
44. Yu Shi (CHINA)
45. Karla Šitić (CROATIA)
46. Alexandra Sokolova (RUSSIA)
47. Francis Mishel Tixe Cobos (ECUADOR)
48. Mahina Valdivia Dannenberg (CHILE)
49. Erika Villaécija García (SPAIN)
50. Melissa Villaseñor Reyes (MEXICO)
51. Michelle Weber (SOUTH AFRICA)
52. Nadine Williams (CANADA)
53. Svenja Theresa Zihsler (GERMANY)

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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