Smiles That Continue To Light Up The Sport

Smiles That Continue To Light Up The Sport

Shelley Taylor-Smith, a seven-time world marathon swimming champion, was walking the streets of London in August 2012 when she took this photo above of 2008 Olympic silver medalist Keri-Anne Payne on an Oral-B advertisement. The two women – both Taylor-Smith and Payne – have long brightened the sport of open water swimming with their smiles and passion.

“They are both great ambassadors for the sport, long after their last accomplishments in the water,” said Steven Munatones. “They coach, but they also listen to newcomers and give their time to others who come up to them at events and in public. They are eloquent speakers and can vividly describe the sport for both non-swimmers and non-athletes and those among the highest echelon of the sport. The day after Shelley took this photo in London, she was officiating the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in the Serpentine and was a member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committeeand Keri-Anne was racing in front of massive crowds and the prime minister.

Their Olympic experiences overlapped in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics, but they also continue building upon their legacies long after that.”

Payne also served as an ambassador for Max Factor and Oral-B. She appeared in commercials for Oral-B Triumph 5000 with Smart Guide power brush and Pro-Expert toothpaste and Max Factor’s False Lash Effect Gold mascara.

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