Open Water Swimming Lingo At The Olympics

Open Water Swimming Lingo At The Olympics

Images courtesy of of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Two California open water swimmers were overheard talking about the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim that was held last week on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Dude 1: Did you see Jordan Wilimovsky get barnacled at the end of the race?

Dude 2: Totally. But he was right in the middle of the 8-wide, probably getting all dinged up. What did you expect?

Dude 1: He had some room on his left side, but the field suddenly closed in on him. He got totally boxed in and he could not go left or right. The dude was chummed.

Dude 2: You gotta expect the unexpected, especially in a race like that.

Dude 1: And what did you think of Jack Burnell‘s DQ?

Dude 2: Bogus, man. It was a ghost call, apparently. He was really pissed off.

Dude 1: Do you think so? Could it have been a retaliation call?

Dude 2: Nah. There was no one around him when he got the ghost call. He was in no-man’s land from what I heard. How could it be a retaliation call? But you know, who really knows out there?

Dude 1: But at the end of the race, Jack was either punched or ziplined. I forget which, but he said he stopped dead, he just immediately dropped anchor.

Dude 2: I didn’t see that, but that impeding probably cost him the race.

Dude 1: Apparently, it did because it was his second infringement. But the rest of the guys are hardened to that physicality.

Dude 2: That old guy from Greece, the lead swimmer really took over. He looked like an electrocuted crab down the finish chute at the end of the race. His stroke rate was out of control.

Dude 1: Spyridon Gianniotis? He is a stud. 36 years old and turning on the jets like that? Incredible.

Dude 2: Yeah, our coach saw that and just said, “No Pain, No Gain. No Guts, No Glory. No Risk, No Reward. No Lanes, No Lines, No Mercy.”

Dude 1: He really separated himself from that scrum among the lead pack. He took negative splitting to the extreme. He didn’t stick and stay like the other guys who were getting shmangled in the lead pack.

Dude 2: Yeah, there is no way you will be red-carded being so far ahead. But Spyros did seem to be able to shoot the gap really well. He had no need for suijutsu.

Dude 1: And what did you think of that Aussie Jarrod Poort? He shot out of there like a rabbit. But he knew what he was doing.

Dude 2: He certainly knew the risks. Jarrod is no Barney or Howie.

Dude 1: Yup, ain’t no nipper, but he got worked when the trailing pack caught him and passed him by.

Dude 2: Anyway, the race had everything and the guys gave it all they had. The women’s race was just as gnarly too.

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Steven Munatones