Swimming Colder, Farther, Faster With Paul Georgescu
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
Paul Georgescu of Romania has completed two hard swims in 2020 – both completely different. He first set a Zero Ice Mile record in Hanusee Bay in Antarctica in 0.6°C water as part of the Antarctica 2020 International Swim, completing the mile in 22 minutes 44 seconds last February.
Then, he started to train for a Century Swim much closer to home.
He completed a 104 km Iron Gates of the Danube Swim in August that took him 21 hours 40 minutes. His swim started in Moldova Nouă at 4:38 am and finished at 2:18 am the following morning in Orsova, Romania.
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Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor – Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming’s Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University’s John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.