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Sunday, September 20, 2015
The Progression Of A World Champion
Olympian and 10 km world champion Jordan Wilimovsky [shown with his mother Wendy] handily won today's RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco Bay.
But his road to the world championship and RCP Tiburon Mile title was one of steady progression and passion.
"He was not the best swimmer when he was young," recalls his father, a former ice hockey player from Vancouver. "But all these little pieces of the puzzle have come together and enabled him to be to where he is today. It has been great to see him develop."
Wendy, his mother [shown above], has seen what is takes and what is inherent in her son's psyche. "He has total determination and a passion for the water. He didn't start swimming until he was 9, but he grew up surfing and doing Junior Lifeguards. Then he took up swimming. Living in Malibu [California], he was in the water all the time."
During his victorious 10 km world championship in Russia and today's RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco, it was clear that the Malibu waterman knows what he is doing in the water.
"He came from so far behind in Russia at the world championships [to win]," Wendy recalls. In today's race, he shot out like a canon and made several in-the-water decisions to either shift gears or change directions. His mind was processing the various factors of the race and competitions in order to make on-the-fly strategic decisions.
"He is not a big guy - and neither is my other son, an elite triathlete who is training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He trains so much and so hard that he sleeps a lot. He is always exhausted. He sleeps and eats, but he made a risky decision this year to take off a year of school to qualify and compete in the  Olympics. Until he was in position in the second half of the race in Russia to qualify for the Olympics, we were not sure [if his decision was the right one]."
But Jordan was able to catch everyone. "It was such an exciting race and it is going to be such an exciting year heading into Rio," predicted his South African-born mother.
Until then, Jordan has lots of training and many more competitions to showcase his talents. "It was a beautiful day here in Tiburon and a great course."
Jordan beat his teammate Brendan Casey and Chip Peterson who were chasing him from the start and the only ones without striking distance of the world champion.
Top 25 Swimmers:
1 Jordan Wilimovsky 22:00
2 Chip Peterson 22:06
3 Brendan Casey 22:18
4 Ashley Twitchell 22:40 [first woman]
5 Becca Mann 22:41 [second woman]
6 Michael Sheil 22:43
7 Keri-Anne Payne 22:48 [third woman]
8 Dan Connor 22:49
9 Tristin Baxter 23:23 [fourth woman]
10 Stephanie Peacock 23:25 [fifth woman]
11 Christine Jennings 23:57 [sixth woman]
12 Ben Brewer 24:10
13 Eric Nilsson 24:22
14 Austin Jones 24:33
15 Hanno Rosner 25:01
16 Charlie Rimkus 25:18
17 Gavin McGee 25:22
18 Steven Derman 25:23
19 Andrew Seitz 25:37
20 Trent Pellini 25:40
21 Savannah DuPuis 25:42 [seventh woman]
22 Evgeny Bezruchenko 25:56
23 Alex Moody 26:13
24 Samantha Nassif 26:22 [eighth woman]
25 Brigitte Winkler 26:25 [ninth woman]
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