Who Is More Extreme Than Bogusław Ogrodnik?

Who Is More Extreme Than Bogusław Ogrodnik?

When we think of extreme athletes in the open water swimming community, it is easy to think of Sarah Thomas, Jaimie Monahan, Kevin Murphy, Michael Read, Ram Barkai, Liz Fry, and Petar Stoychev.

But when it comes to doing a wide variety of extreme athletic achievements, it is very hard – perhaps impossible – to top the lifelong extreme exploits of Bogusław Ogrodnik of Poland.

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In addition to his crossings of the English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Gulf of Gdańsk, Bay of Puck, Strait of Messina, he also completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Otyliada 12-hour marathon, an Ice Mile in 3.9°C water, and numerous winter swimming events between 2014 and 2016.

He also completed an Ironman Triathlon (thus, becoming an Iron Iceman), completed Project 9000m (where he summited Mount Everest in 2006 and dove in the Blue Hole on Sinai to 163 meters, climbed the Seven Summits in 3 years and 11 months (including Aconcagua, Mount Everest, Elbrus, Mount Kosciuszko, Kilimanjaro, Piramida Carstensza, Denali and Mount Vinson), climbed Cho Oju, Kilimanjaro with his two children Marta and Maciek, and the Crown of Polish Mountains (28 peaks of main Polish mountain ranges), drove with the off-road team along the Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM) in Siberia, jumped from the highest commercial bungee in the world from 216 meters from the Bloukrans Bridge, finished several 100 km ultramarathon runs in Poland and in Europe (including Harpagan, Twardziel Świętokrzyski, Przejście Kotliny Jeleniogórskiej, Carrera X Montana Sierra de Chiva, etc.), and donated the flags that he took to the peaks of the highest mountains of all continents with the highest bid for the flag from Mount Everest being €50,000.

And he is not over.

Bogusław Ogrodnik on the risk of swimming the English Channel

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