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Thursday, February 25, 2016

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Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Olympic medalist Martina "Grimmy" Grimaldi and Davy Billiau celebrate the nickname of Olympic swimmer Yasunari Hirai.

Below is a small sampling of nicknames of a number of open water swimmers:

Yasu: Yasunari Hirai (Japan)
The Unstoppable Turtle: Robbie Hudson (UK)
Lala: Tipalelupe Lala Toatasi Tu`ua (New Zealand)
Chappie: Johnny Hayden (Ireland)
Sticks: Bill Tricker (Australia)
KT: Kristy Thall (USA)
Squirrel: Ben Rotherham (USA)
Buster: Clarence Linden Crabbe (USA)
Greatest Native American Swimmer: Wayne William Snellgrove (USA)
Grimmy: Martina Grimaldi (Italy)
King of the Ukulele: Benjamin Keakahiawa Nawahi (Hawaii)
The Father of American Swimming: Adolph Kiefer (USA)
Steady Eddie: Edmond Irwin
The Swimming Hun: Gábor Molnár (Hungary)
Flipperless Fil: Phil White (USA)
The Goat: Jeremy Porter Linn (USA)
PVK: Peter Vanderkaay (USA)
Thorpedo: Ian Thorpe (Australia)
Thorpey: Ian Thorpe (Australia)
The Human Tugboat: Jim Dreyer (USA)
Tums: Arthur Cavill (Australia)
Swimming Professor: Frederick Cavill (UK/Australia)
Professor of Swimming: Frederick Cavill (UK/Australia)
Double Down: Elizabeth Fry (USA)
The Seaweed Streak: Murray Rose (Australia)
Mad Adam: Adam Walker (Great Britain)
Tiburón: Victor Contreras (Chile)
The Swimming Hun: Gábor Molnár (Hungary)
The Flying Frenchman: Sylvain Estadieu (France)
Lighthouse Larry: Larry Herlth (USA)
The Duke: Duke Kahanamoku (Hawaii)
Father of Surfing: Duke Kahanamoku (Hawaii)
Napa Bob: Bob Roper (USA)
Catalinator: Hank Wise (USA)
Big River Man: Martin Strel (Slovenia)
Fish man: Martin Strel (Slovenia)
Homem Peixe (Portuguese): Martin Strel (Slovenia)
Pez humano (Spanish): Martin Strel (Slovenia)
Zabca (Slovene which means frog): Martin Strel (Slovenia)
Maladin (Chinese): Martin Strel (Slovenia)
Shark of Quilla Creek: Pedro A Candiotti (Argentina)
Paddlin' Professor: Dr. Harry Briggs (USA)
Carpayo: Daniel Eulogio Carpio Massioti (Peru)
Doc: James Counsilman (USA)
El Sharko: Christopher Blakeslee (USA)
Trento: Trent Grimsey (Australia)
Crocodile of the Nile: Abdul Latif Abou Heif (Egypt)
American Torpedo: John Kinsella (USA)
The Machine: John Kinsella (USA)
Big Moose: Norman Ross (USA)
Black Shark: Ernest Vierkoetter (Germany)
Flying Dutchman: Herman Willemse (Netherlands)
The King: Claudio Plit (Argentina)
The King: Paul Asmuth (USA)
The King: Diego Degano (Argentina)
Queen Shelley: Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)
Nadandolibre: Jose Diaz (Spain)
Shark man: Eric Shargo (USA)
Mambo: Gerry Rodrigues (Trinidad & Tobago/USA)
Johnny Love: Patrick Dodd (USA)
Gold Medal Mel: Mel Stewart (USA)
Torpedo Tom: Tom Blower (Great Britain)
Chuckle: Tim Buckle (Great Britain)
Moreno: Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil (Spain)
Seaweed Streak: Murray Rose (Australia)
The Iceman: Sam Silver (USA)
Iceman: Thomas McGann (USA)
Dr. Rip: Rob Brander (Australia)
Dolphinman: Paolo Eros Cerizzi (Italy)
HHector: Héctor Ramírez Ballesteros (Spain)
Limbless Waterman: Craig Dietz (USA)
Tuna: Charles Chapman, Jr. (USA)
Swimming professor: Frederick Cavill (Australia)
Mighty Mermaids: Christie Plank Ciraulo, Nancy Steadman Martin, Lisa Bennett, Jenny Cook, Karen Farnsworth Einsidler and Tracy Grilli (USA)
Dorado: Horacio Iglesias (Argentina)
Yifter: Steven Munatones (USA)
Mr. Shark Bait: Herbert Voigt (Australia)
Stallion: John Chung (USA)
Killer: Ky Hurst (Australia)
The Legless Wonder: Charles Zibelman (USA)
American Legless Wonder: Charles Zibelman (USA)
The Human Fish: Charles Zibelman (USA)
Bones, Skeletor, or PDK: Sean Ryan (USA)
Joner: Jonathan Strauss (USA)
The Man Who Can Walk On Water: George Freeth (USA)
Father of Modern Surfing: George Freeth (USA)
Brainiac: Brian Ryckeman (Belgium)
Shark: Brian Ryckeman (Belgium)
Big Ben: Ben Laughren (USA)
John Rufwater: John Makinson (USA)
The Shark: Jim Dreyer (USA)
The Brave Swimmer: Gideon Nasilowski (Namibia)
Superfly, Leorganizer, Lorla: Leora Dahl (Canada)
Tiger Twins: Jonathon di Donato and James di Donato (USA)
Dr G: Genadijus Sokolovas, Ph.D. (USA/Lithuania)
Mr. Triathlon: Ahmed Zaher (USA)
Mr. Triathlon: Jack Weiss (USA)
The Courtesy Man: Jim Moran (USA)
Humber King: Pete Winchester (UK)
The Shingle Stomper: Barrie Wakeham (UK)
The Fearless Frogman: Paul Boyton (Ireland or USA)
The Flying Fish: Byron Summers (USA)
Stubby: Harold Herman Kruger (Hawaii)
Incomparable Water Comedian: Harold Herman Kruger (Hawaii)
Spooky: Luke Birch (Great Britain)
Loneswimmer: Donal Buckley (Ireland)
Dama del Río de la Plata: Noelia Petti (Argentina)
Little Mermaid: Swapnil Yadav (India)
Sister Madonna: Madonna Buder (USA)
Iron Nun: Madonna Buder (USA)
Champ of the Gulf Coast Waters: Jerry Kerschner (USA)
America’s Travelin’ Swim Coach: Jerry Kerschner (USA)
Professor of Swimming: Frederick Cavill (UK/Australia)
Dolphin Boy: Hank Wise (USA)
Dr. Chicken: Dr. Joel Saperstein (USA)
Man of Fat Steel: Kelly Gneiting (USA)
Fatman: Kelly Gneiting (USA)
The Mother of Masters Swimming: June Krauser (USA)
Sexy Lexie: Lexie Kelly (USA)
Honey Bear: Jeff Commings (USA)
Swimonelli: Dan Simonelli (USA)
Mermaid: Rebecca Sandoval (USA)
Mountain Mermaid: Eney Jones (USA)
Squirt: Rendy Lynn Opdycke (USA)
Charley: Charlotte Samuels (USA)
Heff: Dave Heffernan (USA)
Queen of the Chichimaun: Colleen Shields (Canada)
Old Man of the Sea: Ned Barnie (Scotland)
The Barge: Jim Barber (USA)
Reptile Brain: Tom Linthicum (USA)
Murph: Michael Renford (Australia)
El Bawtiah (female crocodile): Suhir El Ba’i (Egypt)
Nile Crocodile: Mohammed Zeytoun (Syria)
Syrian Torpedo: Mohammed Zeytoun (Syria)
King of the Prison Island Swims: Jacques Tuset (France)
Magoo: Mark Smitherman (USA)
Wandi: Christof Wandratsch (Germany)
Pinoy Aquaman: Ingemar Patiño Macarine Full (Philippines)
Iceberg: Michael Hufton (UK)
The Swimming Grandfather: William Sadlo, Jr. (USA)
Piaf: Edith van Dijk (Netherlands)
The Swimming Professor: Professor Dr. Andreas Fath (Germany)
Happy Helen: Helen Lin (USA)
Duke: Marvin Nelson (USA)
Captain Bubbles: Patsee Ober (USA)
Jappy: Jabez Wolffe (UK)
Aquatic Aussie: Luke Tipple (Australia)
Father of Swimming: Leroy Sparks (USA)
Queen of Midmar: Keri-Anne Payne (GBR)
King of Midmar: Chad Ho (South Africa)
Dukan's Dolphin: Alireza Jaff - Shwan (Iraq)
Popsicle: Zach Irvine (USA)
Squeaky: Faith Irvine (USA)
K-Po: Kaylee Kussman (USA)
Sweats: Matt Georgy (USA)
Sonar: Diana Linney (USA)
Shortcut: Paul Lindberg (USA)
The Machine: Maddy Israel (USA)
Soup: CJ Fotinos (USA)
Honey Badger: Lauren Weinreb (USA)
Joker: Wesley Metcalfe (USA)
Lotus: Parth Desai (USA)
Turbo: Noah Rowan (USA)
Mantis: Betzi Lindberg (USA)
Joan of Arch: Cheryl Zak (USA)
Swimonelli: Dan Simonelli (USA)
Zombies: Zach Irvine, Faith Irvine, Kaylee Kussman, Matt Georgy, Diana Linney, Paul Lindberg, Maddy Israel, CJ Fotinos, Lauren Weinreb, Wesley Metcalfe, Parth Desai, Noah Rowan, Betzi Lindberg, Cheryl Zak, Dan Simonelli
Nacho: Ignacio Bussy (Uruguay)
The Machine Men: Brian Ross, Chris Kraus and Rick Gaenzle (USA)
Human Polar Bear: Gus Brickner (USA)
Jappy: Jabez Wolffe (UK)
The Gladiator: Thomas Noblett (UK)
Madfish: Dee Llewellyn (UK)
Hungarian Dolphin: Alfréd Hajós (Hungary)
Waterbabi: Brooke Bennett (USA)
The Northumberland Man: Jeremy Davidson (Canada)
Hudson Brothers or the Wild Swimming Brothers: Jack Hudson, Calum Hudson and Robbie Hudson (UK)
ORCA: Bruno Dobelmann (Germany)
Dudu: Eduardo Santos (Brazil)
Mighty Marlin: Peter Tanham (Australia)
Pai or Pai das Águas Abertas no Brasil (father of open water swimming in Brazil): Abilio Alvaro Da Costa Couto (Brazil)
Catalina Kid: George Young (Canada)
Viper: Pete Pettigrew (USA)
The Rocket: Jim Clifford (USA)
Bucko: Kristine Buckley (USA)
The Extreme: Rob Van Geen (USA)
Reidy: Andrew Reid (Australia)
Moosie: Oscar Williamson (USA)
Vivien: Zhange Liang (China)
Hopper: George Hopper McDonough (USA)
Fly Guy: Brian Suddeth (USA)
The Asian Seal: Jo O-Ryeon (Korea)
Mr. Butterfly: Dan Projansky (USA)
The Swimming Gardener: Steve White (UK)
Queen of the Waves: Gertrude Ederle (USA)
Million Dollar Mermaid: Esther Williams (USA)
The Machine: Braden Keith (USA)
Kiko: Francisco José Hervás Jodar
Sonny Boy: Adolph Kiefer (USA)

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