November SW Magazine What Were the Top 5 Open Water Moments of the Year?

PHOENIX, Arizona, November 2. THE November Swimming World Magazine is now available for download for Total Access Subscribers!

Inside the November issue of Swimming World Magazine, readers can relive the Top 5 Open Water Swimming Moments of 2013, as ranked by a panel of open water experts. It is the first time Swimming World Magazine has ranked open water swims; do not miss the list!

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ON THE COVER: It took American Diana Nyad a lifetime to achieve her dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her first attempt came 35 years ago in 1978, and on her fifth try–at the age of 64–she reached her goal, teaching us all a very valuable lesson: never give up! [PHOTO BY DAWN L. BLOMGREN]


9 Top 5 Open Water Moments of 2013 by Jeff Commings

12 May the Currents Be with You by Shoshanna Rutemiller

Poland’s Mateusz Sawrymowicz and the USA’s Ashley Twichell navigated the most favorable routes across the San Francisco Bay to win their respective men’s and women’s divisions of the 14th Annual RCP Tiburon Mile, with each earning $10,000.

16 Persistence Leads to Success by Shoshanna Rutemiller

American Diana Nyad, 64, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, accomplishing the feat without the help of a shark cage. On Sept. 2, she walked wobbly-legged onto the beach of Key West, Fla. after swimming for 53 consecutive hours from Havana, Cuba–a distance of approximately 110 miles.

20 2013 Open Water Swimmers of the Year by Steven Munatones
Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto and Germany’s Thomas Lurz turned in stellar performances at the 2013 World Championships and were named Swimming World Magazine’s Open Water Swimmers of the Year. 

28 Lessons with the Legends: Randy Reese by Michael J. Stott 

30 The Healing Power of Swimming by Shoshanna Rutemiller 

Taylor Hunt was involved in a hit-and-run accident five years ago when she was 13, and her father strongly believes that swimming not only strengthened his daughter, but the entire family. 

33 Dryside Training: Strength for Speed by J.R. Rosania 

34 AthleticFoodie/Let’s Live a Healthier Life: Staying Healthy During the Holidays by Garrett Weber-Gale 

36 Ask Dr. Shannon: Hamstring Stretches by Shannon McBride 

37 Q&A with Coach Allison Beebe by Michael J. Stott 

38 How They Train Simone Manuel by Michael J. Stott 

40 Paddles: Why They Work by Michael J. Stott 

Paddles are an important training aid that can help swimmers reinforce proper technique and build strength. 


6 A Voice for the Sport 

23 Holiday Gift Guide 

42 Up & Comers 

44 Gutter Talk 

46 Parting Shot

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