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Fort Myers native Paul Asmuth dives into writing about his marathon swimming life

Paul Asmuth is a Fort Myers youth swimmer who became one of the top marathon swimmers in the world. He held the record for swimming the English Channel. He also was a seven-time marathon swimming champion. He has written a book about his faith and how it helped with his swimming.
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Paul Asmuth had every reason in the world to end his open-water, marathon swimming career before it really started.

SHOUT FROM THE STANDS: MY FIRST MARATHON SWIM

This “Shouts from the Stands” submission comes from Elizabeth Fehr, a member of the Narragansett Ocean Swimming Enthusiasts. 

I moved to Rhode Island three years ago, and up until that point I had never heard of open water swimming. I can still remember the warm August evening when my friend and I were walking down the beach, our eyes on the ocean. Then suddenly I saw something black out in the water—way out. Curious I stared harder, and pointed out the strange figures that were moving around buoys nearly halfway out to sea. “What is that?” I asked her. “Are they dolphins?”

Gertrude Ederle: the first woman to swim the English Channel #History

In 1926, 19-year-old New Yorker Gertrude Ederle made history by becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel – and in a faster time than the five men who had already achieved the feat. Writing for History Extra, Gavin Mortimer shares the remarkable story of Ederle’s swim and how she inspired a generation of sporting women…

Legendary sea-swimmer Theodore Yach dies aged 60

South Africa’s most renowned open water sea swimmer‚ Theodore Yach‚ has died at the age of 60.

In 2016‚ Yach completed his 100th swim between Robben Island and the Cape Town shoreline‚ saying he was getting quicker thanks to dietary advice from Tim Noakes‚ a leading advocate of low-carbohydrate high-fat nutrition.

Swim Feat Leads to More Swim Research

Craig Coombs’ record-breaking swim around Alameda (“Local to Attempt Setting Record for Swimming around the Island City,” Sept. 6) prompted me to investigate my grandfather’s record swims. As I looked through my grandmother’s belongings, I came upon several newspaper clippings documenting my grandpa’s records.

Travel Channel to feature the unlikely story of Grove City swimmer Walter Poenisch

The Travel Channel will air a segment Wednesday, Sept. 19., on Walter Poenisch, whose 1978 swim from Cuba to Florida at age 65 was so unlikely it still sounds like fiction.

Even 40 years later, it sounds a bit like fiction.

All About Ice Swimming, the Extreme Sport Where Athletes Compete in Sub-Freezing Water

In early 2014, Ram Barkai took a trip to Antarctica. There, Barkai and five others did what most would deem unthinkable: They swam in the Southern Ocean, which was 30 degrees F. Yes, that is below the freezing point of water.

“There was a lot of floating ice of various sizes,” Barkai, 60, tells SELF. “We did swim into ice every now and then, but it’s fine because you’re so frozen you don’t even feel or notice it.”

Man who became the youngest ever to swim the Channel at age 11 tells how he endured hallucinations

3.15 pm, September 6, 1988

10 hours and 24 miles into my swim across the Channel, approximately four miles from the English coast.

By now I had been swimming the English Channel for ten hours. I had started to cry.

If I cried until my goggles were full and I could no longer see where I was going, it would all be over. 

They might pull me out. My coach John Bullet, in the fishing boat up ahead, might simply end it for me.

I heard a splash. What was it? I realised I had momentarily been swimming with my eyes closed. I opened them again.

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.

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