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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Jon Erikson, A Giant In The Sport, Passes Away
In a year where accolades deservedly showered upon Jon Erikson, he unexpectedly passed away yesterday.
From the age of 14 when he trained under Rosemary George and crossed the English Channel in 11 hours 23 minutes in 1969 to his last days, the ultimate in a channel swimmer was always fondly remembered, not only for his swimming exploits but also for his personality and good cheer.
In June, Erikson was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Open Water Swimmer after a 12-year career with these achievements:
• 11 English Channel crossings (4 single crossing, 2 double crossings, and 1 triple crossing in 38 hours 27 minutes)
• 31 professional marathon swims in Canada, Mexico, United States, and Argentina
• the first crossing of Canada's Chaleur Bay
• 2 training swims over a 37-mile Chicago-to-Michigan City course including a 24 hour 30 minute swim and a 19 hour 12 minute swim in 1980
Erikson will also be honored and fondly remembered at the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference on the Isle of Bute in Scotland on September 19th-21st.
For more information on the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies, see his acceptance speech and introduction video below. For more information on Erikson's illness, visit here. Erikson talks about this three-way crossing of the English Channel here.
For more information on the Global Open Water Swimming Conference on the Isle of Bute where Erikson will be remembered, visit here.
Other articles about Jon Erikson are here:
* Jon Erikson's Thoughts 3 Decades Later On The 3-Way
* Jon Erikson's Remarkable 12-Year Career
* Jon Erikson, A Giant In The Sport, Passes Away
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida And Scotland
* International Swimming Hall Of Fame Open Water Great
* 24-Hour Club … Swimming All Day And Night
* Progressing Quickly In The English Channel
* Swimming Across Lake Michigan And Watching History
* Open Water Swimming Until You Are Blue In The Face
* Survival Swimming In The Outer Limits
* ISHOF Honor Bestowed On Jon Erikson
* Honor Bestowed On Sandra Bucha
* The Erikson Memorial Fund
* Crème de la Crème Of The Open Water World
* Colin Hill Livens Up Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* Simon Murie To Speak At Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Speakers
* Jon Erikson Needs Good Cheer
* Sharp As A Swimmer, The Mervyn Marathon Magic
* The Heart Of Lions
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