Swimming World Looks Backs At Memorable Open Water Moments of 2016

Photo Courtesy: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

Memorable Open Water Highlights Of 2016:

Two beautiful Brazilian mornings at Copacabana Beach, two exciting 10-kilometer races and two orange-clad swimmers winning gold for the Netherlands. But the gold medalists were only part of the story. The Rio Games provided open water swimming its biggest stage, and there was controversy…and there was heartbreak. The Olympics leads off our countdown of the top five open water stories of 2016.

Also making appearances in the top five: Jarrod Poort and his bold strategy in the men’s 10K race, college open water national championships making their debut, and more.

To read more about our top picks for open water highlights of 2016 check out the November 2016 issue of Swimming World, available now!

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013 THE FUTURE OF WADA: NEVER BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU
by Chuck Warner
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139 VAN ROUWENDAAL Sharon NED 10 Km Gold Medal Open Water 32nd LEN European Championships Swimming, Diving, Synchro, Open Water Berlin, Germany 2014 Aug.13 th - Aug. 24 th Day01 - Aug. 13 Photo A.Staccioli/Deepbluemedia/Insidefoto
016 2016 OPEN WATER SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
by Annie Grevers
Sharon van Rouwendaal and Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands were named Swimming World’s 2016 Female and Male Open Water Swimmers of the Year.

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019 MEMORABLE OPEN WATER HIGHLIGHTS OF 2016
by David Rieder

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022 A PICTURE-PERFECT START AND A PHOTO FINISH
by Rob Davis
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029 SUCCESS IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
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034 NUTRITION: AROUND THE TABLE WITH KATIE MEILI
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010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: DAVE ROBERTSON
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: NATURAL TALENT
by Rod Havriluk
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036 BACKSTROKE BASICS
by Michael J. Stott
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038 SPECIAL SETS: GETTING READY FOR THOSE BIG DECEMBER MEETS
by Michael J. Stott
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043 Q&A WITH COACH TODD MARSH
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044 HOW THEY TRAIN ABBEY ERWIN & THOMAS ROARK
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033 DRYSIDE TRAINING: MULTI-MOVEMENT FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH
by J.R. Rosania

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040 GOLDMINDS: SPEED IS EVERYTHING!
by Wayne Goldsmith
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046 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

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008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
024 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
047 GUTTER TALK
048 PARTING SHOT

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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