Samantha Arevalo (Ecuador) – World Open Water Swimming Association



Samantha Arévalo lined up in Copacabana Beach against the veterans from powerhouse open water swimming nations like the Netherlands, Italy, Brazil, USA, Germany Russia, Australia and Great Britain. The 22-year-old from Ecuador trains at 2,400 meters (7,874 feet) altitude in Cuenca, high up in the Andes Mountain, far away from her competitors. But she proved herself at the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the Rio Olympics when she came down to sea level, placing ninth overall. Like her male teammates of Team Ecuador at the highest echelon of 10 km marathon swimming, Arévalo is fast enough, savvy enough and confident enough to compete with the world’s best. For representing her country of 15.2 million people very well on the Olympic stage, for being competitive enough to place within 36 seconds of an Olympic medal in a nearly 2-hour race, for being an eloquent, soft-spoken ambassador of the sport in a country not normally seen as a swimming hotbed, Samantha Arévalo Salinas is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

Date of Birth
30 Sep 1994

Height (cm)


City and Country Of Residence
Montpellier, France
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish

Name Of Coach
Philippe Lucas

Tokyo 2020: Olympic Marathon Swim Predictions - Samantha Arevalo (Ecuador)

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The Prizes


Gold – TRN Wetsuit

The TRN wetsuit is the ideal option for people who are taking their first steps in the world of open water. This wetsuit offers a mix of buoyancy and flexibility, which will make you feel comfortable and safe in your first sessions in the water.


Silver – Open Water Backpack

The Openwater Backpack is ideal for transporting all your equipment to your outdoor and open water swimming outings. It has different compartments for you to organize your equipment. One is waterproof so you can store your swimming gear after using it.


Bronze – Safety Buoy & Killa 180º Goggles

The new safety buoy will make you visible while swimming and offers a waterproof compartment to store your belongings while swimming. The Killa 180º Goggles provides ergonomic comfort and speed through the water whether training or racing.


The Forever Swim

Dear Friends,

My new book, The Forever Swim, is now available and I am honored to giveaway 10 signed copies to lucky raffle winners. In it I tell the story of how I completed the Oceans Seven, but also how I, a hyperactive overweight boy from Mexico City, would chase an Olympic dream, attend Stanford, and wade into the tangled web of Mexican politics. The Forever Swim reminds readers that no dream, however bold, is ever out of reach, as long as we are willing to chase it down with relentless discipline and joy.

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