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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 Agenda


Friday, 19 September

5:30

PM


Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)


Saturday, 20 September

9:00

AM


Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming

10:20

AM


Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport

10:30

AM


Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water

10:50

AM


Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming

11:10

AM


Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry

11:30

AM


Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)

12:30

PM


Coffee and Break

1:00

PM


World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]


2:30

PM


Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]

2:50

PM


Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers

3:10

PM


Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]

3:30

PM


Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]

3:50

PM


Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]

5:00

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]

6:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

6:45

PM


Dinner

7:30

PM


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer


Sunday, 21 September

9:00

AM


Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

10:00

AM


Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC

10:20

AM


Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]

10:40

AM


Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World

11:00

AM


Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
[film]

11:20

AM


Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming

12:00

PM


Survey distribution and group photo-taking

2:00

PM


Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute






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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."


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