The Contrasts Of Champions In The Open Water World

The Contrasts Of Champions In The Open Water World

Stephen Redmond of Ireland and Benjamin Schulte of Guam went head-to-head during two months of the WOWSA Awards voting. The men were both nominees for the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

They are both celebrated in their respective countries. Men humbled by the circumstances where they found themselves – Redmond as the first to achieve the Oceans Seven and Schulte was the first Guamanian to qualify for an Olympic swimming final.

Both found themselves in unlikely scenarios this summer, but they certainly embody the spirit of open water swimming, possess the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming during the year.

But both men are so different at multiple levels.

Schulte is a young man on the verge of a lengthy career while Redmond is a middle-aged man who culminated his career with the Oceans Seven. Redmond is a solo channel swimmers while Schulte is a competitive swimmer. Schulte is from the Pacific from a warm-weather country; Redmond facing the Atlantic in a country that has a long winter. Redmond is anxious to return home to Ireland after multiple trips around the world; Schulte is a bright high school student anxious to study in America. Schulte is a swimmer who trains primarily in the pool under the watchful eye of experienced coaches; Redmond is a swimmer who trains primarily in the sea without a coach.

They both clearly represent different demographics and parts of the open water world. And they also both proudly represent the best characteristics of the global open water swimming community.

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