Poseidon Adventure In The Serpentine

Poseidon Adventure In The Serpentine

Olympian Alex Meyer was photographed in the United States Olympic Committee buildup to the London Olympics. Photographer Joe Klamar caught his trident tattoo…an appropriate visual hint of the looming battle that Meyer and his 24 open water adversaries will have in the Serpentine on August 10th.

The trident is associated with Poseidon, the god of the sea in Greek mythology, and its Roman god equivalent Neptune.

Poseidon, the god of the sea, used his trident to create water sources in Greece and was known as the Earth Shaker because when he struck the earth he caused earthquakes and he used the trident to create tidal waves, tsunamis and sea storms. In Roman mythology, Neptune also used a trident to create new bodies of water and cause earthquakes.

If Meyer wins the gold medal in the Olympic marathon swimming 10km, his feat will also most certainly stir up the open water world, at least in the United States.

Photo by Joe Klamar. Copyright © 2012 by World Open Water Swimming Association