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Sunday, May 10, 2015
Multi-Talented Doctor Completes Ice, Water, Fire Challenge
Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos, M.D., Ph.D. has studied all over the world - Florida, California, England, and Scotland. He received a Master’s degree in Human Physiology under Extreme Environments at King’s College London and then went on to pursue a Doctorate degree at the University of Glasgow, researching and specializing in Human Medical Physiology in the Cold and at High Altitude.
He has completed research projects and field studies in the Scottish Highlands, the European Alps, and the Himalayas. Following the successful completion of his Ph.D., he returned to his native Greece to study medicine and then worked in hospitals in South Africa, the United States, Scotland and England where he focused in the fields of General and Trauma Surgery, Accident and Emergency Medicine, and General Practice. He is certified in Expedition Medicine and Travel Medicine.
So with all that education and experience, it is not surprising that he ultimately became the first person in history to complete the Ice, Water, Fire Challenge up Mount Everest, across the English Channel and the Sahara Desert.
In 2000, he crossed the English Channel in a fast 9 hours 20 minutes, earning the Channel Swimming Association's Rolex Award. In 2004, he climbed Mount Everest via the notoriously difficult northern side route where he served as the Hellas Everest 2004 scientific advisor and high-altitude climbing medic. This month, he completed the Marathon des Sables through the Sahara Desert, considered to be the toughest run in the world, in 39 hours 14 minutes, finishing 323rd out of more than 1,200 runners.
Along the way in 2011, he swam 101 km from southern part of mainland Greece to the island of Crete in the Aegean Sea in 28 hours 16 minutes in a wetsuit. The solo swim was a charity swim for Orizodas from Chania in Crete, a local organization which provides support and looks after children and adults battling cancer.
Professor Ian Swingland said of the remarkable man, "Dr. Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos is unique. There is no one like him on the planet having climbed Everest, swum The Channel and the Aegean, and now completed the Marathon des Sables, the toughest race in the world. He personifies the spirit and endeavors of aspiring young people.The world would be a sadder place without the likes of Georgios and his inspiration; difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour does the body."
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Open Water Swimming Magazine
Open Water Swimming MagazineThe Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.
WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...
The Other Shore
The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac
An Almanac for Open Water SwimmingAn almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.
This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.
But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.
In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...
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The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.