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Saturday, May 3, 2014
The Perfect Ideal Of A Female Swimmer
Friendly and fit, intelligent and innovative, personable and professional.
These are just some of the characteristics that define the masters swimmers who enter adult swimming competitions from the 2014 U.S. Masters Swimming National Championships to the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships.
From 20-year-olds to great grandmothers, these women are walking billboards of healthy lifestyles with a fine balance between family and work, competition and fitness.
Looking back on the history of adult swimming over the last century, the current generation of masters swimmers are simply carrying on the tradition of optimal living and powerful propulsion in the water.
Whether it was Annette Kellerman breaking boundaries in the early 20th century, Greta Andersen going head-to-head with the world's best men, or Penny Dean earning her doctorate while setting records in the English and Catalina Channels, the world's best women have provided hints to the rest of the aquatic community on how to swim faster for longer periods of time.
If there were an opportunity to magically create the perfect female open water swimmer, what characteristics, physical features, and innate talents would be involved?
The epitome of the perfect open water swimmer would be able to swim well in cold water, warm water, rough water, tranquil water, in the night and under the tropical sun. She could excel in both short ocean swims with heavy surf and in long marathon swims across channels. She could perform well in elite competitions as well as plan and complete unprecedented swims in uncharted waters.
The optimal swimmer would be made up of a composite of physiological and psychological attributes of the world's aquatic ambassadors. The swimmer would have:
* the tenacity of Angela Maurer
* the guttiness of Penny Palfrey
* the adventurousness of Lynne Cox
* the pioneering spirit of Rose Pitonof
* the courage of Natalie du Toit
* the emotional intelligence of Janel McArdle
* the organizational skills of Audrey Scott
* the oratorical abilities of Diana Nyad
* the speed of Éva Risztov
* the navigational IQ of Keri-Anne Payne
* the inspiration of Gertrude Ederle
* the compassion of Mercedes Glietze
* the competitiveness of Shelley Taylor-Smith
* the prolificity of Alison Streeter
* the business savvy of Annette Kellerman
* the track record of Monique Wildschut
* the intellect of Edith van Dijk
* the industriousness of Penny Dean
* the affability of Eney Jones
* the artistic talents of Lisa Stansbie
* the literary skills of Lynn Sherr
* the strength of Vicki Keith
* the closing speed of Larisa Ilchenko
* the personality of Melissa Gorman
* the high elbow catch of Martina Grimaldi
* the kick of Martina Grimaldi
* the cold water acclimatization of Nuala Moore
* the medical acumen of Sakura Hingley
* the knowledge of marine life of Angel Yanagihara
* the coaching skills of Sally Minty-Gravett
* the smile of Haley Anderson
* the beauty of Marty Sinn
* the legs of Yvetta Hlaváčová
* the smile of Britta Kamrau
* the eyes of Princess Charlene Wittstock
* the arms of Dana Vollmer
* the all-around athleticism of Greta Andersen
The Perfect Ideal of a Male Swimmer is here.
Photo above of Olympian Keri-Anne Payne.
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