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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Olga Kozydub 2.0 Transforms, Upgrades Herself In 2013

Olga Kozydub enjoyed a spectacular sophomore year on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit.

She went from a young 19-year-old newcomer on the world’s longest professional marathon swimming circuit last year to the world champion in her second year.

Her transformation from a newbie to world champion was multi-faceted. Seen initially as a quiet and serious soul by her fellow competitors, she blossomed to a friendly colleague with wide smiles and a bubbly personality this year. She was gracious with the crowds at the 8 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix races in Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Macedonia and Italy, enjoying herself as she weaved her way through packs in the water and airports on land.

Supported by two Olympians as her coaches, Kozydub was focused on her goals in her 2.0 edition during 2013.

If she wanted to make a move, she did so forcefully. If she wanted to cut across the pack, she did it with speed. If she wanted a seat on the bus, she got it. She went for it on all levels and in all realms in 2013 and she achieved her goal as she completed race of 15 km, 57 km, 88 km, 15 km, 32 km, 34 km, 30 km and 36 km in distance in rivers, lakes and seas under all kinds of conditions.

The newly crowned world champion was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year for her success at racing a total of 307 km (192 miles) against the world’s fastest competition. Her nomination reads, “Young but hungry, small but daring, Olga Kozydub won the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix scene with an outstanding sophomore season. Consistently in the lead, the 20-year-old won 3 races on the professional marathon swimming circuit while finishing 8 long races. Focused and savvy, she did not let wind or waves, stings or sunburn get her down. When the pace picked up, she stayed up. When the waves came up, she rose to the occasion. The 20-year-old Russian swam courageously throughout the year and has a promising long career ahead of her demonstrating her prowess for all to appreciate. For her Grand Prix victories, for her focused intensity, for her love of competition, Olga Kozydub is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

Along with Kozydub, the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees include:

1. Anna-Carin Nordin, The Oceans Seven First (Sweden)
2. Charlotte Brynn, Channel Swimmer and Aquatic Adventurist (New Zealand)
3. Diana Nyad, Xtreme Dreamer (U.S.A.)
4. Kimberley Chambers, Ballerina Soars in the Open Water (New Zealand)
5. Lorna Cochran, Near-nonagenarian Navigates Nirvana (South Africa)
6. Lynn Kubasek, Volunteer Extraordinaire In The Pacific (U.S.A.)
7. Martina Grimaldi, World Champion Racer (Italy)
8. Michelle Macy, Reaching the Summit of the Oceans Seven (U.S.A.)
9. Nadia Ben Bahtane, A Maternal Moroccan Miracle (Morocco)
10. Nuala Moore, Going to the Extremes (Ireland)
11. Olga Kozydub, Professional Marathon Swimming Champion (Russia)
12. Poliana Okimoto, 3-time World Championship Medalist (Brazil)
13. Sarah Thomas, Double Crosser (U.S.A.)
14. Sally Minty-Gravett, 5 Decades in the Making (Jersey)
15. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Serving with Distinction (Australia)

The previous World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year recipients include:

* 2008: World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year - Edith van Dijk (Netherlands) shown above
* 2009: World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year - Poliana Okimoto (Brazil)
* 2010: World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year - Anne Marie Ward (Ireland)
* 2011: World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year - Pilar Geijo (Argentina)
* 2012: World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year - Annaleise Carr (Canada)

Online voting for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Yeartakes place here.

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