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Friday, November 1, 2013

Lynne Cox Surviving And Thriving Over The Test Of Time

The sun has shone brightly on the youthful-looking Lynne Cox.

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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