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Triple Crown Abounds

The open water swimming community knows its Triple Crown comprises of the English Channel, Catalina Channel and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

But in the world of sport, there are other Triple Crowns:

Pool swimming's Triple Crown refers to victories at 3 consecutive Olympics in a single race (Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 800m freestyle relay and 400m medley relay, Dawn Fraser in the 100m freestyle and Krisztina Egerszegi in the 200m backstroke).

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is a 3-event surfing competition in Hawaii. For men, it includes the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park, the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach and the Billabong Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline. For women, it include the Vans Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park, the Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach and the Billabong Pro Maui at Honolua Bay, Maui.

In Major League Baseball, the batting Triple Crown refers to a batter who leads either the National or American leagues in batting average, home runs and runs batted in (RBI) over a full regular season. The Triple Crown epitomizes three separate attributes of a good hitter: hitting for average, hitting for power, and producing runs. The pitching Triple Crown refers to a pitcher who leads the league in wins, strikeouts and earned run average (ERA).

The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, originated in 1853 in England, comprises three races for 3-year-old racehorses. In England, the Triple Crown is made up of the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, Epsom Derby and St. Leger Stakes. In Ireland, the Triple Crown includes the Irish 2,000 Guineas, Irish Derby and Irish St. Leger. In the United States, the Triple Crown are the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. The Australian Triple Crown comprises of the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and AJC Australian Derby. In Germany, the Triple Crown consists of Mehl-Mülhens-Rennen, Deutsches Derby and Deutsches St. Leger. The Indian Triple Crown races are the Indian 2000 Guineas, Indian Derby and Indian St Leger. The Turkish, Triple Crown are the Erkek Tay Deneme or Dişi Tay Deneme, Gazi Derby and Ankara Stakes. In Canada, the Triple Crown include the Queen's Plate, Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders' Stakes. Japan has two sets of Triple Crowns: the Satsuki Sho, Tokyo Yushun and Kikuka Sho, and the Oka Sho, Yushun Himba and Shuka Sho. The Triple Crown in Hong Kong include the Hong Kong Stewards' Cup, Hong Kong Gold Cup and Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup. The Italian Triple Crown consists of the Premio Parioli, Derby Italiano and Gran Premio di Milano. The Argentina Triple Crown include the Gran Premio Polla de Potrillos and Gran Premio Polla de Potrancas, Gran Premio Jockey Club and Gran Premio Nacional. The Triple Crown in Chile include the Clásico El Ensayo, Clásico St. Leger and El Derby. In Poland, the Triple Crown (Potrójna korona) consists of Rulera, Służewiec Derby and St. Leger. The Uruguay Triple Crown includes the Gran Premio Polla de Potrillos, Gran Premio Jockey Club and Gran Premio Nacional. The Venezuela Triple Crown includes the Clásico José Antonio Páez, Clásico Cría Nacional and Clásico República de Venezuela.

Then there is also the Triple Crown of Poker (European Poker Tour, the World Poker Tour and a World Series of Poker), the Triple Crown (World Series of Poker), the Triple Crown of Alpine Skiing (World Cup titles in one season or three Winter Olympic gold medals in the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Downhill), the Triple Crown of Basketball refers to a European basketball club winning their country's national domestic league, primary national domestic cup and the Euroleague in the same season), the Triple Crown of Boxing refers to a boxer who has won world titles in three weight classes, the Triple Crown of Bridge (Bermuda Bowl, World Team Olympiad and World Open Pairs Championship), the Triple Crown of Cycling (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Road World Cycling Championship or alternatively Vuelta a España), the Triple Crown of Brazilian Football (Tríplice coroa do futebol brasileiro or the Brazilian Football State Championship, Copa do Brasil and Série A), the Triple Crown of Golf (British Open, U.S. Open and the South African Open), the Triple Crown of Nordic Skiiing (Winter Olympics, FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and Holmenkollen), the Triple Crown of rugby union refers to England, Scotland, Ireland or Wales that wins all its games against the other three, the Triple Crown of Snooker (World Championship, Masters and UK Championship), the Triple Crown of Tennis refers to winning the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon or US Open), the Triple Crown of Hiking (Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail and Continental Divide Trail), the Triple Crown of United States Conformation Dog Shows (Westminster Dog Show, National Dog Show and AKC/Eukanuba National Championship), the Triple Crown of Professional Paintball (Millennium Series, Paintball Sports Promotions and the National Professional Paintball League), the Triple Crown of Motorsport (Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Monaco Grand Prix), the Triple Crown of Endurance Racing (24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans), and the Triple Crown of Acting (Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award in acting categories).

As of August 2013, the member of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming include:

1. Alison Streeter (UK)
2. Taranath Narayan Shenoy (India)
3. Rick Barthels (USA)
4. Bob West (USA)
5. Peter Urrea (USA)
6. Carol Sing (USA)
7. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) (twice, in 1999 and 2009)
8. Nick Olmos-Lau (Mexico)
9. T. Scott Coleman (USA)
10. Rebecca Jackman (USA)
11. Kevin Murphy (UK)
12. Kathleen Wilson (USA)
13. Forrest Nelson (USA)
14. Andrew Hewitt (USA)
15. David Blanke (USA)
16. Elizabeth Fry (USA)
17. Marcia Cleveland (USA)
18. Bill Hoehn (USA)
19. Sally Anne Minty-Gravett (Jersey Island, UK)
20. James Pittar (Australia)
21. Scott Richards (USA)
22. Andrew Alan Voisard (USA)
23. Tina Neill (USA)
24. Rendy Lynn Opdycke (USA)
25. Michelle Davidson (USA)
26. Michelle Macy (USA)
27. Tom Hecker (USA)
28. Erica Moffett (USA)
29. Nancy Steadman-Martin (USA)
30. Michael Miller (USA)
31. Nick Adams (UK)
32. Elaine Kornbau Howley (USA)
33. Stephen Autry (USA)
34. Jeffrey Cleveland (USA)
35. Sakura Hingley (UK)
36. Samantha Simon (USA)
37. Jim Barber (USA)
38. Craig Lenning (USA)
39. Mallory Mead (USA)
40. Dave Barra (USA)
41. Penny Palfrey (Australia)
42. Dan Richards (USA)
43. Tobey Saracino (USA)
44. Yesenia Cabrera (Guatemala)
45. Michael Renford (Australia)
46. Mo Siegel (USA)
47. Anthony Zamora (USA)
48. Brad McVetta (USA)
49. Jaime Caballero (Spain)
50. William Lee (Bahamas)
51. James Fitzpatrick (USA)
52. Darren Miller (USA)
53. Miquel Suñer Comalat (Spain)
54. Eddie Irwin (Ireland)
55. Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain)
56. Katie Benoit (USA/Germany)
57. Hendrik Meerman (USA)
58. Sarah Thomas (USA)
59. Dan Boyle (USA)
60. Barbara Held (USA)
61. Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico shown above)
62. Dave Smith (USA)
63. Cindy Walsh (USA)
64. Jaimie Monahan (USA)
65. Ned Denison (Ireland)
66. Gabor Molnar (Hungary)
67. Roger Finch (South Africa)
68. Lance Ogren (USA)
69. Katy Dooley (USA)
70. Thomas W. Kofler (Italy)
71. Kent Nicholas (USA)
72. Barbara Pellick (Australia)
73. Nial Funchion (USA)
74. Karen Throsby (UK)
75. James Penrose (UK)
76. Jim Neitz (USA)
77. Steven Green (USA)
78. Ron Collins (USA)
79. Courtney Moates Paulk (USA)
80. Javier Gutierrez (Mexico)
81. Samuel Neri (Mexico)
82. Ceinwen Roberts (Australia)
83. Graeme Lowe (Jersey)

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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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