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Germany

THOMAS LURZ Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

THOMAS LURZ (GER) – Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF): Swimmer

Thomas Lurz is the most decorated swimmer in FINA Open Water Swimming history and the only swimmer to have won at all events at the World Championships.

3rd Weserschwimmen from Rinteln to Minden

Date: 
Saturday, 1 September, 2018 - 08:45

We are organizing a 3rd Weserswim on Sep 1st 2018 that we will expand to a Wesermarathon (42.195k).

See attached the entrylist!

The East German Doping Machine

From the late 1960’s through the 1980’s, athletes from the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) swam their way to glory, winning Olympic gold medals, setting world records and - so it seemed at the time to some -demonstrating the superiority of communism over its capitalist competitors.  The achievements of the East German aquatic stars were duly acknowledged by the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) between the years of 1981 through 1993, when fifteen East Germans were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Thomas Lurz: ‘In swimming you need to have ability to accept pain’

OWS.eu: Lutz analyses the problems in Germany and with the sport in general. He looks back at Fran Crippen's death and his Olympic Medals.


Lurz retired two years ago as one of the most decorated distance swimmers of all time, two Olympic medals (10km) and 12 World titles in the open water confirming the German's status as a great of the sport.

The ability to tolerate pain, believes Thomas Lurz, is essential in competitive swimming. He should know. Lurz retired two years ago as one of the most decorated distance swimmers of all time, two Olympic medals (10km) and 12 World titles in the open water confirming the German's status as a great of the sport.

“In swimming in general, you need to have the ability to accept the pain,” he said here on Friday. “It doesn't matter if it's 100m, 200m or 25km: they (the sprinters) have their pain; we have ours. It hurts like hell. The only way you can resist it is hard training.”

Ein Speckmantel gegen die Kälte

"Irgendwann fühlt es sich nicht mehr wie eine Hand an, sondern wie ein Klumpen": Bei der Eisschwimm-WM treffen sich Experten und bibbernde Anfänger. Ein Besuch bei den Verehrern der Kälte in Burghausen.

Eisschwimmen, Lektion eins: Kopfsprünge sind verboten, weil durch die Kälte unter Wasser Schnappatmung einsetzen würde. Zweite Lektion: Nicht am Rand schwimmen, denn das Eis holt sich den See schnell zurück und wächst hauchzart nach. Dritte Lektion: Wenn sich der Urinstinkt meldet und sagt "raus hier", kann man ihm gehorchen. Oder weiterschwimmen.

Ice swimming being taken seriously by open water swimmers

2016-01-09 - Burghausen - Open water swimming is developing into the colder regions... Racing distances in water under 5C is becoming a proper sport. One can see that in the number of participants and the number of countries entering the competitions. The number of events is growing too. Many of the participants are competitive open water swimmers (FINA-federations-swimmers and non-FINA-swimmers alike).

Steven Munatones is writing a series of articles on the World Championships in Burghausen Germany on his website The Daily News of Open Water Swimming. More articles may follow.

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