Danika Thompson, Water Woman Wins
The 22-year-old lifeguard and former water polo player from San Clemente, California surfs, competes in paddle boarding both SUP and 10’6″ prone paddling, surf skis, and does biathlons and lifeguard competitions in both cold and warm, calm and rough ocean waters with and without marine life.
And not surprisingly, today’s relatively calm 55°F (12.7°C) water did not faze her a bit. She won US$500 for being the first skins (bioprene) swimmer across the finish line in the 2-mile Alcatraz Classic for the Fastest.
For the overall race results, visit here.
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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.