Kevin Murphy Talks About His Two Careers On WOWSA Live

Kevin Murphy Talks About His Two Careers On WOWSA Live

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71-year-old Kevin Murphy has enjoyed two incredibly successful careers: one as a journalist and another as a marathon and channel swimmer.

Murphy, with 34 total English Channel crossings and several dozens of other notable marathon swims to his name had a typically cheerful and upbeat talk about all things open water with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison on today’s edition of WOWSA Live. The two International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductees talked about:

* the English Channel crossings of Alison Streeter
* organizing swims via post (snail mail) and without Google Translate
* being most proud of his unsuccessful 52 hour 30 minute attempt at a 3-way English Channel crossing
* record that stood for 41 years
* swimming for a sense of satisfaction
* getting well despite being sick through an act of pure will in the beginning of his 3-way crossing attempt
* 1976 Windermere race four days after swimming for 52 hours 30 minutes
* going for the oldest record of the English Channel within the next 2 years (at the age of 73
* his selection as the Great British Body
* his career as a journalist
* short-listed as one of the candidates for the British Broadcaster of the Year including coverage of wars and the 9-11 terrorist bombings in New York, shortly after completing the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim
* forming friendships all over the world
* The Kings Swimmers camps
* English Channel swimmers Roz Hardiman
* doing challenges because they are difficult
* the joy of overcoming the difficulties of marathon swims and thinking about ‘When can I get out of the water?’

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Above is the June 2012 interview with Kevin Murphy on Open Water Wednesday, the precursor to WOWSA Live.

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