Edith van Dijk On WOWSA Live

Edith van Dijk On WOWSA Live

Edith van Dijk of the Netherlands was another outstanding swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer among the long line of Dutch champions. She is among the most prolific winners of the professional marathon swimming circuits from 5 km to 25 km.

She spoke with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairperson Ned Denison about her career on the September 7th edition of WOWSA Live. She explained the following during her interview:

She was not at all a pool swimming champion.  Her age group coach introduced her to open water swimming where her first swim was 3 km. 

In 1993, she did her first FINA open water swim and competed in her first Dutch national swimming championship. 

She often traveled to the international competitions with fellow Dutchwoman Irene van der Laan who taught her a lot.

She swam on the professional marathon swimming circuit for 15 years and always placed among the top three female finishers.

She always raced well against the top women including Britta Kamrau and Angela Maurer and beat almost all of the men at least once during their careers.

She enjoyed friendships with Britta Kamrau, Shelley Clark, Erica Rose, and Esther Nuñez with whom she trained together in Spain for a year.

Her distinct advantage was swimming in cold water.  She recalled, “I know when the water was cold, my competitors were freezing.”

She loved Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean where she either won 4 times or DNF.

She loves Lake Bled, one of the most beautiful places in the world where she has swum.

She loved to travel including a cumulative total of over 1 year of high altitude training in Spain.

She received a masters degree in art and PhD in economics.

She wanted to get stronger before attempting a crossing of the English Channel.

She trained for the 2008 Beijing Olympic 10K Marathon Swim where she finished 14th while taking care of her daughter.

She was not happy about her performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

She is currently busy raising her four daughters who are 14, 12, 8, and 5 years old.

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