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Friday, November 1, 2013
Lynne Cox Surviving And Thriving Over The Test Of Time
From over 40 years, the Southern Californian has swum her way into history. Cox's unequaled roost on top of the open water swimming world has earned her global respect and awe, both from the swimming community and the general public. With her track record of swimming in more inhospitable places on Earth longer than anyone in history, Cox has most definitely earned her stripes.
Throughout the decades, Cox has written prolifically and spoken eloquently about her feats. 2013 saw her repeat her speeches in a nationwide speaking tour about her latest book that has been universally praised.
Cox's Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert's Survival Guide For Triathletes And Open Water Swimmers received a nomination for the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Like her swimming career, the book is unparalleled and based on a career that has literally taken her around the world.
No one speaks with the authority and reach of Lynne Cox in the open water world. She speaks softly; we listen intently. She writes creatively, we read repeatedly. She swims; she sets extreme swimming standards. Her books are the centerpiece of any open water swimmer’s library. Her quotes become mantras; her swims become legend. Cox survived the harshest swims in the world with a physiology and psychology that astound the scientific community. Her latest publication sets the standards for two sports: triathlon and open water swimming, both for beginners and pros. For her words of wisdom, for her eloquence in explaining the open water, for her decades of excellence communicated simply in easy-to-understand language, Lynne Cox’s Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert’s Survival Guide For Triathletes And Open Water Swimmers is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
Her words are based on the preparation, planning and successful execution of the following swims:
* 1971: Cox (age 14), Andy Taylor (age 12), Dennis Sullivan (age 14) and Stacy Fresonke (age 14) were the first group of teenagers to complete the crossing of the Santa Catalina Island Channel in California. They finished in 12 hours 34 minutes.
* 1972: Cox set the record for the fastest crossing (men and women) of the English Channel in a time of 9 hours 57 minutes.
* 1973: Cox set the record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel in 9 hours 36 minutes.
* 1974: Cox broke the men’s and women’s records across the Catalina Channel in 8 hours 48 minutes.
* 1975: Cox became the first woman to swim the 10°C (50°F), 16 km (10-mile) Cook Strait in New Zealand in 12 hours 2 minutes.
* 1976: Cox broke the men's and women's record for swimming the Oresund between Denmark and Sweden in 5 hours 9 minutes. She also broke the men's and women's record for swimming across the Kattegut between Norway to Sweden in a time of 6 hours 16 minutes. She became the first person to swim across the 42°F waters of the Strait of Magellan in Chile in 1 hour 2 minutes, and the first to swim around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.
* 1977: Cox became the first person to swim between three of the Aleutian Islands and the first person to swim 12.8 km (8 miles) around the Cape of Good Hope in a time of 3 hours 3 minutes.
* 1980: Cox swam around Joga-shima Island in Japan.
* 1983: Cox swam across the three Lakes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
* 1984: Cox swam across 12 major waterways across the U.S.
* 1985: Cox swam ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ by swimming 12 extremely challenging waterways some that had never been attempted including the Five Lakes of Mount Fuji in Japan and the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 6 hours 10 minutes.
* 1987: Cox is perhaps best known for swimming the Bering Strait from the island of Little Diomede in Alaska to Big Diomede, then part of the Soviet Union, in 2 hours 6 minutes where the water temperature averaged around 4°C (40°F). In 1987 she saw it as a way to open the U.S.-Soviet border for the first time in 48 years.
* 1988: Cox became the first person to swim 7 miles across Lake Baikal in 4 hours 19 minutes.
* 1990: Cox completed an unprecedented crossing of the Beagle Channel between Argentina and Chile. She also swam across the Spree River between the newly united German Republics.
* 1992: Cox became the first person to swim across Lake Titicaca from Bolivia to Peru. Swimming at 3,812 meters (12,507 feet), she swam 10 miles from the resort village of Copacabana in Bolivia to the village of Chimbo in Peru, in 3 hours 48 minutes in 13-14°C (56-58°F) water.
* 1994: Cox swam through the Gulf of Aqaba from Egypt to Israel and from Israel to Jordan to commemorate the peace process.
* 2002: Cox swam more than a mile (1.6 km) from a ship in Neko Harbor in the 31°F waters of Antarctica. Cox was in the water for 25 minutes, swimming 1.06 miles (1.7 km).
* 2006: Cox swam across the Ohio River in Cincinnati from the Serpentine Wall to Newport, Kentucky to bring attention to plans to decrease the water quality standards for the Ohio River.
* 2007: Cox swam in Canada, Greenland and the United States with 4 swims along the Northwest Passage in tribute to polar explorer Roald Amundsen.
The World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year includes a variety of products, services and concepts in the open water swimming world including the following:
1. 21 Yaks and A Speedo, Storytelling Life Lessons by Lewis Pugh (U.K.)
2. Amphibia Sports Ring, Simple Silicone Solution For Swimmers (Ireland)
3. Bold & Beautiful, A Pod by the Shore (Australia)
4. Driven, Documenting Distance and Dedication (U.S.A.)
5. FINIS Agility Paddles, Training Tools of the Trade (U.S.A.)
6. Global Open Water Swimming Conference, Culminating In Cork (Ireland)
7. International Ice Swimming Association, Cooling To The Extreme (South Africa)
8. Ocean-navi, Navigating Throughout The Pacific (Japan)
9. Ocean Swimming & Prone Paddleboarding for Athletes with Spinal Cord Injuries (U.S.A.)
10. Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert's Survival Guide by Lynne Cox (U.S.A.)
11. Oru Kayak, Origami of the Open Water (U.S.A.)
12. Ouma Academy, Swimming The Sea (Tunisia)
13. Plastic Disclosure Project by Ocean Recovery Alliance (Hong Kong)
14. Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, Far Forward Thinking In The Ocean (U.S.A.)
15. Swim Smooth, Styling Streamlined Swimming (Australia/U.K.)
Online voting takes place here.
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
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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