Swimming Is Spreading At The Top In America

Swimming Is Spreading At The Top In America

No doubt about it, there is no better time to be an open water swimmer in America than now.

With President Obama being a decent body surfer and open water swimmer (see here and here), along with professional athletes like Tim Duncan and television commentators like Marcellus Willey being comfortable in the open water, the jet-set class clearly has admirable aquatic skills and a passion for the water.

And now, the most influential woman in America is moving towards the water – and enjoying it and encouraging others to do so. Oprah Winfrey recently wrote:

Started out the week taking swimming lessons. Moving beyond my amateur doggy paddle. Learned the breast stroke today.

Over a year ago I pulled a picture from O mag of a woman gliding through water. It was such a striking image of freedom and possibility I put it on my vision board (which I’ve still not completed).

Today when I finished my swimming lesson I passed the vision board lying on the table where it’s been since 2009. I had an aha moment. I had just become that woman, gliding through the water

She is eloquent, compassionate, visionary and certainly captures the essence of swimming and living well, “Move with the flow. Don’t fight the current. Resist nothing. Let life carry you. Don’t try to carry it. Sometimes we just have to be reminded. A swim lesson did it for me.”

From East Coast to West Coast, now is the time…to swim.

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

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Steven Munatones