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Mark Warkentin On Being An Olympian

Mark Warkentin On Being An Olympian Courtesy of WOWSA, Beijing, China. Mark Warkentin, a 2008 Olympic marathon swimmer from Santa Barbara, California, had trained with and raced against Olympic medalists and Olympians for much of his pool swimming career. But it was not until the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Sevilla, Spain until he

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Diving In To Open Water

The Olympic 10K Marathon Swim was held in a flat, calm rowing basin in 2008 (Beijing) and a flat, calm lake in 2012 (London). But over the 4-year quadrennial, the winning times of the men significantly dropped from 1:51:51 to 1:49:55. The women's winning time dropped from 1:59:27 to 1:57:38. While conditions were different and cannot be considered equal,

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