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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ice Swimming At The Winter Olympics

We do not think the water temperature at a potential ice swim at the Winter Olympics needs to be a specific water temperature. The water could be near 0ºC or 3ºC or 5ºC or even higher.

The dramatic visuals of swimsuit-only athletes, protected by only their own hardened bioprene, swimming in an alpine lake with snow-capped mountains and a frozen shoreline are the key elements for great competition, great entertainment, and great drama in front of a global television audience.

With a dark sheen to a lake, outlined by snow-tipped shorelines, sitting in a valley enveloped by a stunning mountain range will look extremely cold at 0ºC or 3ºC or 5ºC or even higher. The drama would be intense and the media would be riveted.

Furthermore, there are now hundreds, if not thousands, of athletes who can swim 1 km safely and competitively in water around 5ºC and certainly thousands of athletes who can swim safely and competitively in water under 10ºC. A course along the shoreline of a lake, perhaps 250 meters in length so the swimmers can compete head-to-head in front of grandstands and television cameras. In some ways, we believe the natural ambiance of a course between turn buoys is more attractive than a 25m pool carved out ice. Cameras and the human eye want to watch athletes compete within the panoramic view of the mountaintops in the background and the snow-topped trees along the course, enhanced by a deep blue of the lake.

This human drama of fighting off hypothermia within a natural environment is quite consistent with the ambiance of the Winter Olympics sports that require a sense of daring that the Summer Olympic sports do not.

Winter Olympic sports - from luge and downhill skiing to snowboarding and ski jumping - have inherent elements of danger and risk that Summer Olympic sports simply do not. Think of the freestyle skiing vs. track or short track speed skating vs. pool swimming. The Summer Olympics have nothing like the 70m ski jump or the skeleton run where slip-up can result in horrific accidents.

But Winter Olympic athletes understand, calculate, and manage risks well and with an athleticism that inspires, entertains and astounds us. And so do extreme swimmers.

Extreme swimmers, almost without exception, have a fascinating mindset and an impressive physique that are well-suited to generating interest from fans of every age and background. Their exploits surprise scientists and create awe among spectators. They are often built like wrestlers with the egos of opera singers and the courage of boxers.

Among these extreme swimmers, there are many who have swum in water that is unimaginably cold. These are some of the swimmers who have swum in water at, near, or below 0ºC for 1000 meters or longer. It is one of the most impressive lists of athletes we have ever compiled:

1. Andrei Sychev, 2250m at 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships (Tyumen, Siberia)
2. Alexander Brylin, 2200m at 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships (Tyumen, Siberia)
3. Henry Kaarma, 2150m at 2013 International Winter Swimming Competition (Murmansk, Russia)
4. Andrei Sychev, 2050m at 2011 Russian Winter Swimming Championships (Tyumen, Siberia)
5. Henry Kaarma, 1650m at 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships (Tyumen, Siberia)
6. Ram Barkai, 1750m at 2013 International Winter Swimming Competition (Murmansk, Russia)
7. Kieron Palframan, 1700m at 2013 International Winter Swimming Competition (Murmansk, Russia)
8. Ryan Stramrood, 1650m at 2013 International Winter Swimming Competition (Murmansk, Russia)
9. Lynne Cox, 1600m in Neko Harbor, Antarctica
10. Nikolai Glushkov, 1050m at 2013 International Winter Swimming Competition (Murmansk, Russia)
11. Natayla Seraya, 1050m at 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships (Tyumen, Siberia)
12. Henry Kaarma, 1050m at 2013 Pirita Open (Tallinn)
13. Jackie Cobell, 1000m at 2013 International Winter Swimming Competition (Murmansk, Russia)
14. Nuala Moore, 1000m at 2013 International Winter Swimming Competition (Murmansk, Russia)
15. Elena Guseva, 1000m at 2013 International Winter Swimming Competition (Murmansk, Russia)
16. Ram Barkai, 1000m at 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships (Tyumen, Siberia)
17. Ryan Stramrood, 1000m at 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships (Tyumen, Siberia)
18. Kieron Palframan, 1000m at 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships (Tyumen, Siberia)
19. Lewis Pugh, 1000m at Petermann Island, Antarctica
20. Lewis Pugh, 1000m at North Pole
21. Henry Kaarma, 1000m at 2011 Pirita Open (Tallinn)
22. Ram Barkai, 1000m in Antarctica
23. Ram Barkai, 1000m in Norway (1)
24. Ram Barkai, 1000m in Norway (2)
25 Natayla Seraya, 1050m at 2013 International Winter Swimming Competition (Murmansk, Russia)

Individuals including Sychev, Brylin, Glushkov, Petshak, Panasyuk, Marina Isaeva, and others have done additional swims.

Additional articles on a potential extreme swim at the Winter Olympics are below:

* Should Extreme Swimming Be In The Olympics?
* Shawn White, Apolo Ohno And Ice Swimming In The Olympics
* The Human Mind Is A Powerful Thing In The Open Water
* Do Ice Swimmers Have Bigger Brains?
* Should Ice Swimming Be In The Olympics? Yes!
* If Ice Swimming Were In The Olympics, What Are The Rules?

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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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