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Youth swims from Europe to Africa for a good cause

The original article is posted (with many pictures) on SFGate and More Marin since August 28, 2009.

Stewart Goossens knew when he hit the half-way mark that he was good as gold.

"Halfway through it was like someone turned a light-bulb on and it was just like, I can do this! I felt really pumped up."

The 17-year-old St Ignatius College Preparatory High School senior is describing his state of mind mid-way through the 13-mile solo Strait of Gibraltar swim on August 20.

According to the Gibraltar Strait Swimming Association, Goossens was the youngest American ever, to swim the waters that bridge Spain and Morocco.

Not only did he swim the strait in just over four hours in 61-degree water without a wetsuit, he raised over $10,000 for a good cause.

Four Chinese athletes are going to swim along the 1900 km Amur

translated source: www.russwimming.ru
Unique relay swim on the border river Amur (Chinese name - Heilongjiang) committed four Chinese swimmer from Harbin. Replacing each other, they intend to 1,9 thousand km. The Quartet has mastered more than half way, Xinhua news agency reported.

Harbin started on August 11 in the village Loguhe Mohe County, known in China due to low winter temperatures, as the "North Pole". Aug. 19 group reached the city of Heihe.
As the head of the Harbin Association swimming in open water Zhang Yunbo, currently swimmers feel fine. To finish they intend to August 31 in Grand Ussuriysk (in Chinese - Heysyatszy).
All swimmers - masters of sports, fans of winter swimming. Age of the oldest of them - 49 years.

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Igor Kravchenko and Olga Pasholok crossed 12 kilometers into the storm

translated source: swimmasters.ru with pictures

Igor Kravchenko and Olga Pasholok crossed 12 kilometers into the storm.
Dneprodzerzhinsk swimmer Igor Kravchenko and athlete with a disability Olga Pasholok from Krivoy Rog 8 Agusta successfully completed the 12 km swim in the Crimea, Yalta, Swallow's Nest, Yalta in the storm, with the results 6 hours 55 minutes (including 15 minute break at the beach)

Olga Pasholok, became the first disabled athlete with no legs, swim the Bosphorus - the strait that separates Europe and Asia.

Olga is now preparing to carry out his cherished dream - to swim across the Strait of English Channel (25 kilometers) that separates France from Britain.

The current 12-kilometer marathon water Yalta Swallow's Nest, Yalta - part of this training

Setting The Record (9 Days) Straight

The original article by Steven Munatones is posted on partnersite 10k Swimmer since Saturday, August 29, 2009

Up to 250 people will take part in the Guinness Book of World Record attempt on September 9th in Camlough Lake in Newry, Northern Ireland to break the existing open water swimming relay record of 480 kilometers (298 miles). The relay members plans to swim 500 kilometers (310 miles), but may go futher if the circumstances (swimmers and conditions) permit.

The Guinness World Record Relay Open Water Swim attempt will be made in a GPS-certified loop course of 750 meters with only one swimmer and a support kayak in the water at one time. When one swimmer completes his or her distance, there is a relay exchange and the next person starts in a continuous rotation until 500 kilometers – or beyond – is reached.

Ottawa teacher second person to swim all 5 Great Lakes

he original article is posted (with picture) on The Gazette since August 25, 2009.

OTTAWA — Ottawa teacher Paula Stephanson successfully completed her marathon swim of Lake Michigan Monday night.

Stephanson, who became only the second person, after famed Canadian swimmer Vickie Keith, to swim all five Great Lakes, took 25 hours and 38 minutes to make the 56-kilometre crossing from Chicago to a beach near the Michigan-Indiana state line.

She had hoped the journey would take a maximum of 24 hours.

In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, the 30-year-old downplayed her athletic accomplishments and said the toughest aspect of the swims include not allowing herself to focus on the negative.

"A lot of it is mental. There are a lot of people that are physically able to do it, but they mentally just can't handle it."

She said what worries her the most on marathon swims are the things beyond her control.

Did he or didn't he swim the English Channel in 1908?

The original article by Seth Daniel is posted on The Revere Journal since August 26, 2009

There was no greater, larger-than-life character in the character-rich history of Revere than that of Samuel Mahoney - an extraordinary swimmer and lifeguard on Revere Beach that has left the city with one of its most enduring, but forgotten, mysteries.

Mahoney was an Irish immigrant who emerged on Revere Beach at the turn of the last century, making a name for himself locally and nationally as the captain of the Beach’s private, volunteer life-saving service. An engineer at his day job and a resident of Garfield Avenue, the man was a marvel - blending the perfect amount of vaudeville-style showmanship with raw physical ability.

He was, however, one part athlete and two parts showman.

Rashmi wants to swim English Channel both ways

The original article is posted on MyNews since 20/8/2009 11:59:47 AM(IST)

Kolkata: Twenty-year-old swimming sensation Rashmi Sharma wants to be the first Indian to swim English Channel both ways if any sponsor supports her venture.

She already made a hattrick, swimming the stormy icy-cold strait from Calais to Dover, '''but my latest success on August 13 spending nearly 24 hours has boosted my confidence to cross the Channel both ways from one go, ''the IT student told a media conference today.

She along with her 17-year-old sister Richi swam together to cross 8.5 mile Gibraltar (from Spain to Morrocco) in just three hrs 20 mts on August 7 before venturing to swim the English Channel for third time in space of six days.

Rashmi, swimming from age two at a Kidderpore pool, first crossed the Atlantic Ocean arm's 26 miles in 11 hrs 47 mts on July 19, 2006, and again on August 25 in the following year and lately on August 13 to make hattrick, the first Indian girl to do so.

The swimsuit's role in creating (open water) champions

The original article by Glenn Stout is posted (with picture) on BostonGlobe since August 4, 2009.

IS IT THE suit, or the swimmer?

This is the question that is being asked of Michael Phelps and other world-class swimmers today. Precisely how much of their speed in the water is due to their own innate abilities as opposed to the more streamlined swimsuits currently in vogue is a question that vexes the swimming community. After all, Phelps seemed once invincible in his Speedo LZR, last year’s hot swim racing fashion. But all of a sudden German swimmer Paul Biedermann, in his new, high-tech Arena X-Glide suit, has left Phelps behind.

A Dip in the Cold

The original book review on Swimming the Northwest Passage by by Lynne Cox is posted by The New Yorker since April 21, 2008.

In June, 1972, I flew over the North Atlantic Ocean. I was fifteen years old, and on my way to England to swim across the English Channel. I gazed out the window of the plane and saw Greenland. Glacial domes sparkled in the clear blue Arctic sky, fractured snow and ice clung to the steep mountain walls, and rivers of ice and snow extended in wide bands to the sea. I pressed my forehead against the cool window and looked thirty-five thousand feet down. Something small and white was floating on the dark-blue water—an iceberg.

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