In The Midst Of Open Water Greatness

In The Midst Of Open Water Greatness

At the International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies on May 9th, an amazing group of aquatic athletes and many accomplished marathon swimmers will gather in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the 2010 induction ceremonies, from Paul Asmuth and Kevin Murphy to Christopher Guesdon, Penny Palfrey, James Pittar, Aleksey Akatyev, Yuri Kudinov, Angela Maurer (shown above), Bill Sadlo Jr. (deceased but represented by Fran Sadlo) and Reg Brickell Jr. and Ray Brickell.

While at the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies, we can only imagine the conversations that will occur as some of the world’s greatest marathoners talk, discuss and reminisce about their swims over the years.

Such imaginary conversations remind us of the scene from the movie Jaws when Chief Martin Brody (played by Roy Scheider), tough fisherman Sam Quint (played by Robert Shaw) and Matt Hooper (played by Richard Dreyfuss) are out hunting for sharks while discussing their scars as they are all try to top each other with the gruesomeness of their injuries.

Can you imagine a similar scene with these great marathon swimmers discussing their toughest marathon wims?

I did the English Channel, swimming blind.
I did it 32 times and I did even tougher swims.
I swam 64K in the cold waters of Lac St-Jean, being chased by Philip Rush.
I swam 72 miles in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
We spend days – literally – escorting people to France while trying to fight currents and keep our swimmers safe.

The great thing about these individuals is that they all know what is required, how difficult their swims were and how much time they spent training. As a result, they are very respectful of each other’s exploits and the camaraderie they share as marathon swimmers is both tangible and intangible.

The ceremonies will be one amazing gathering of collective greatness.

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