A Wonderful History Of Swimming
Courtesy of Howard Means.
SPLASH! 10,000 Years of Swimming covers the history of swimming from the days of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome as well as during the Dark Ages and Middle Ages to the Renaissance and modern-day Olympic Games. The new book by well-published journalist and author Howard Means tells many stories of history’s renowned feats of speed or stamina, and how swimming has influenced religion, fashion, architecture, sanitation and public health, colonialism, segregation and integration, sexism over the millennia.
The photos in the book include a promotional photo for the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon [see above] and a Peruvian mailman as described by Alexander von Humboldt early in the 19th century:
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Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor – Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming’s Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University’s John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.