Tag: Johnny Weissmuller

What Makes Great Swimmers?

Great swimmers are judged in the pool fundamentally and specifically by one parameter: speed. What are their best times? How fast are they? Did they set world and Olympic records? Did they win national, continental, world and Olympic races? Are they the best in their age-group, in history, or during their era? Speed or times are, more or less, a

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Stubby Was Studly

Stubby Kruger was an Olympic swimmer from Honolulu, Hawaii who found his way to the 1920 Antwerp Olympics and later Hollywood where he buddied up with Duke Kahanamoku, Buster Crabbe and Johnny Weissmuller. He was a waterman and a backstroker who performed at carnivals and fairs billed as the Incomparable Water Comedian. He also had a career in Hollywood as

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Cheetah Passes Away

In some delayed news...Cheetah, the chimpanzee companion of Tarzan (played by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame athlete Johnny Weissmuller), passed away on December 17th last year. Cheetah was believed to be at least 80 years old when he experienced kidney failure. Cheetah played the comic sidekick to Tarzan in films between 1932 and 1934. In

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The Big Moose Takes To The Lake

According to the archives in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, an annual 2-mile swim began in 1898 that moved in various locations around Lake Michigan. After the establishment of the Illinois Athletic Club in 1904, the club sponsored it for over 50 years. [Read more...] Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source

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Luane Rowe, Rare As A Pink Dolphin

It is rare for an open water swimmer to be sponsored as part of an advertising program (Natalue du Toit for Chevolet). It is even more exceedingly rare for an open water specialist to be featured on commercial packaged product. Famous football players, yes. Well-known basketball players, yup. Olympic champions, certainly. Cartoon characters, all the time.

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Swimming Joyfully Through History

Lifelong swimmer and award-winning television journalist Lynn Sherr’s new book, SWIM: Why We Love the Water is a joy to read … and re-read. Tides of swimming history and unreported back stories and photos from the chlorine jungle to open bodies of water the world over fill each and every page. Her prose educates readers with a lighthearted enthusiasm and

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Tarzan Swimming In Pools And Open Water

Well before there was POW (Pool Open Water), there was the Fleishhacker Municipal Swimming Pool in San Francisco. Opened in 1925, the world's largest heated salt-water pool was closed in 1971. 305 meters in length and nearly 50 meters at its widest point, the pool held 24.6 million liters of filtered seawater pumped in from the Pacific Ocean and was

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Cry Of A Champion

Conrad Wennerberg, who wrote one of the most definitive books on marathon swimming (Wind, Waves and Sunburn - A Brief History of Marathon Swimming), has a treasure trove of first-hand insights into the world of open water swimming. Here is one such interesting historical tidbit:Olympic hero and movie star Johnny Weissmuller was selected by the World

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