“America’s Best Girl” stole the nation’s heart by swimming the English Channel in 1926, and later dedicated herself to the deaf children she taught to swim

President Calvin Coolidge gave her the nickname “America’s Best Girl” after she swam across the English Channel in 1926. In her day, Gertrude Ederle captured the public’s imagination in the same way as other athletic and patriotic heroes like slugger Babe Ruth and aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. She was overwhelmed when an estimated 2 million people showed up in the financial district for a ticker-tape parade on August 27 celebrating her accomplishment, chanting “Trudy! Trudy!” (Never mind that her family actually called her “Gertie.”) She sustained a career as a minor celebrity for about a decade before retreating into a quiet life of teaching deaf children how to swim.

Petar Stoychev, Like No Other In The Open Water

Petar Stoychev has checked off nearly all the possible boxes in the open water swimming world throughout his lengthy career:

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Remarkably, he has won international championships that have ranged from 2°C (35.6°F) to 32°C (89.6°F) including the uber-competitive 1 km race at the 2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany.

Rottemeren krijgt nieuwe Molentocht

De Rottemeren kende een KNZB-wedstrijd eind van het vorige milennium. Lang geleden. Hoewel er best nog actieve zwemmers zijn die deze wedstrijd zich nog kunnen heugen. De langste afstand was daar de 5km. 10 maal een baanlengte van 500m. Op afstand van de baan waren de molens langs het water wel zichtbaar. We koersten op de heenweg ook richting een van deze monumenten. We zwommen er echter nooit langs.

Monterey Bay Swimming Association adding on new swims

The Amazing Monterey Bay
The Monterey Bay is one of our nation's most spectacular and protected bodies of water. The Bay offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world and is sometimes referred to as the "Serengeti of the Sea." With about 300 square miles of open water, the interior of the Bay offers a wide range of swim possibilities from one mile club swims to ultra-marathon Bay Crossings.

The Monterey Bay Swimming Association is dedicated to supporting those who wish to undertake marathon and ultra-marathon swims in the Monterey Bay. The MBSA is available to observe and sanction swims and is dedicated to the safety, integrity, and accurate documentation of these swims and to preserve the traditions of marathon swimming by following internationally recognized rules and standards. The MBSA is also available to review and document historical swims completed prior to its inception.

Brave swimmers strip off to jump into freezing cold waters for Christmas Day dips in London, Dorset and Devon

As Brits their unwrapped presents in the comfort of their own home this morning these swimmers braved far cooler temperatures for a host of annual Christmas swims.

Dozens of hardy swimming enthusiasts, with some donning festive attire, took to the likes of London, Dorset and Devon for a traditional festive swim.

Drafting etiquette

Sometimes I begin a training session in a lane that is far too full for me to be able to successfully complete what I had planned. Whether you swim in a 25 m or 50 m pool, the lanes become like congested roads during the rush-hour, full of excited swimmers ready to overtake as soon as you slow down. When this happens there is only one plus point: drafting.

Swimming behind or alongside (but close to) another athlete helps you save 25% energy. You can swim faster and more efficiently, but it is not always as easy as it might seem.

6 tips for improving your open water swim

The racing season is almost with us. Lots of you will have spent the holiday focusing on how to improve your swimming, but how many of you will really be able to transfer the skills learnt in the pool to your Ironman or open water races? Here are some valuable tips that might help you improve your swim leg in races.

1. Swimming horizontally and keeping your balance.

‘It's part of the fun to suffer’: the people hitting the great outdoors this Christmas

Meet the river swimmers, paddleboarding Santas and others who won’t be spending Christmas on the couch. By Daniel Masoliver

Normally, there’s only one way to get into 4C water: in a hurry. From Southampton to Sydney via St Petersburg, an in-and-out New Year’s Day dunk is a long-established custom; the image of hordes of swimmers charging en masse to meet the wintry waves a familiar one. But go down to the picturesque banks of the river Stour at Dedham in the early morning of 1 January 2018, and you will find an altogether more sedate, low-key gathering, as a small but committed group of swimmers pull on their wetsuits ahead of their annual New Year’s Day swim. “We get together our thickest wetties and hoods and gloves and boots,” says Stuart Hamilton, 53. “Every year when we first get in, everybody complains about the cold, but that’s part of the fun, to suffer a bit. And to overcome the suffering.”

Ice swimming reminds me I am well

ICE swimming is hard but depression is harder, and the power of contrast makes the challenge seem smaller. At least, that’s how it seems to me.

As if the physical pain of being submerged in very cold water overrides the emotional or mental pain felt.

When I signed up for a 2km swim in 2015, I started meeting swimmers at the sea. They talked about ice swimming and that intrigued me. It was a challenge that spoke to me.

Arctic swimmer Lewis Pugh: 'I've never come so close to the end'

Lewis Pugh undertook a perilous swim to raise awareness about the threat to the Arctic - he says it almost killed him.

By Lewis Pugh, Arctic Swimmer

Sky worked with Lewis Pugh during the filming of the Arctic Peril documentary. Mr Pugh swam one kilometre along the Arctic ice edge in water that was -0.7 degrees. Here, in his own words he explains how close he came to dying.

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