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'Insurmountable Blow' Ends Attempt to Swim the Pacific

Ben Lecomte abandons his trans-Pacific attempt

(Newser) - A French-American man has given up his attempt to be the first to swim across the Pacific Ocean after a storm broke the mainsail of his support ship, organizers said Monday. Ben Lecomte, who had completed about 1,500 nautical miles of the more than 5,000-mile journey, called the... More »

Swimmer Begins Record Japan-California Attempt

Frenchman plans to swim 8 hours a day

(Newser) - Ben Lecomte has set off from Japan in an effort to swim to California, undaunted by sharks, low temperatures, fierce weather, a gigantic garbage patch—and the fact that nobody has even swum across the Pacific before. But the 51-year-old Frenchman has the right experience to attempt the record-breaking open-water... More »

Drunk Man Becomes First to Survive Hoover Dam Swim

Lucky for Aaron Hughes most of the turbines weren't on

(Newser) - The world's least shocking quote: A British man's admission that his fairly miraculous swim across the Hoover Dam reservoir was "drink fueled," per the Guardian . Arron Hughes speaks to the Daily Post about his Aug. 10 experience, which came after what he says was a 37-hour... More »

Think You're Tough? This Guy Climbed Everest in Shorts

Wim Hof has done the seemingly impossible

(Newser) - In 1999, Dutch daredevil Wim Hof earned the nickname Iceman when he swam under a frozen lake on TV—then jumped right back in to rescue an onlooker who had tumbled into the frigid waters. He was just getting started, reports the Times of London. In 2007, he nearly summitted... More »

Water Current May Have Affected Rio Swim Times

Researchers blame a design flaw in the pool

(Newser) - Green water isn't the only controversy swirling around swimming events in Rio. US researchers say a possible design flaw in the pool produced a water current that gave some swimmers an unfair advantage, reports the Wall Street Journal . Specifically, they say that swimmers in the high-numbered lanes of... More »

One for the Ages: Phelps Nabs 23rd—and Final?—Gold

Swimmer achieves legend as he closes out his 5th Games

(Newser) - Standing atop the medal podium for the 23rd time, Michael Phelps teared up, bit his lip, and gave a little nod. This was how he really wanted to go out. On top of his game in the water. Totally content away from the pool. "It turned out pretty cool,... More »

Simone Manuel Delivers Awesome Olympic Moment

She makes history as a black swimmer

(Newser) - She wasn't supposed to win, yet Simone Manuel did just that in history-making fashion Thursday with a stunning late surge in the 100-meter freestyle. The US swimmer earned a gold medal along with Canada's Penny Oleksiak, who shared her Olympic record time of 52.70 seconds in the... More »

Phelps Takes Another Gold, Busts an Ancient Record

Move over, Leonidas of Rhodes

(Newser) - Michael Phelps continued his habit of winning Olympic gold Thursday night by cruising to an easy victory in the 200-meter individual-medley. It's his fourth gold at the Rio Games and his 22nd gold overall, reports AP . It's also his 13th gold in an individual event, which breaks a... More »

Let's Ease Up on Demonizing This Swimmer

Case against Yulia Efimova isn't so clear, writes Sally Jenkins

(Newser) - Americans ought to think twice before joining in the gleeful hazing of Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova, writes Sally Jenkins at the Washington Post . In a Cold War-style salvo, US swimmer Lilly King drew cheers at the Rio Olympics when she finger-wagged her Russian rival and called her a drug cheat.... More »

No, Those Aren't Hickeys on Olympic Athletes

They're bruises from 'cupping therapy'

(Newser) - If you watched Michael Phelps snag his 19th gold medal in Rio Sunday, you might also have noticed he had several red dots on his upper body like "a Gatorade bottle had given him a hickey," per Fox Sports . That's essentially what happened, but instead of a... More »

9-Year-Old Completes Record-Breaking Swim

He swam from SF to Alcatraz Island and back

(Newser) - Nine-year-old James Savage may have a new Guinness World Record under his belt. The California boy swam from the shore of San Francisco to Alcatraz Island and back on Tuesday, becoming the youngest swimmer to complete the two-mile trip, per NBC News . A 10-year-old boy previously held the record after... More »

Brock Turner Gets Lifetime Ban From USA Swimming

Effectively ending his Olympic dreams

(Newser) - Brock Turner may have received just a six-month sentence (of which he'll likely serve only three) from a judge for raping an unconscious girl behind a dumpster, but he won't get the same leniency from USA Swimming, USA Today reports. The organization, which oversees all professional swim... More »

Sad Fact of Syrian Life: Spike in Swimming Lessons

Pool owners in Jordan say future refugees are signing up

(Newser) - A report in the Syrian Observer illustrates how bleak things are for people hoping to start new lives elsewhere: They're signing up for swimming lessons ahead of the dangerous boat trip. The dispatch collects anecdotal evidence from the operators of three separate sports clubs in Jordan, all of whom... More »

Dartmouth Swimmer Dies Trying to Do Laps Without Breathing

Tate Ramsden went into distress while still underwater

(Newser) - Tate Ramsden swam for Dartmouth College as a freshman and sophomore, but the Tennessee 21-year-old, who was planning to graduate from Dartmouth in 2017, died Saturday at a Sarasota, Fla., YMCA pool while visiting the city with his family over the holiday weekend. Ramsden was swimming there with his sister,... More »

This Man's Plan: Swim Around the World in 450 Days

Martin Strel will pass through bodies of water in 100-plus countries

(Newser) - Martin Strel swims with a knife strapped to his right leg—in case he encounters sharks, "vampire" fish, and other deadly marine life in the world's wildest waters. Yesterday, the 60-year-old marathon swimmer from Phoenix announced the toughest feat of his life: a 10,000-mile around-the-world voyage on... More »

Ryan Lochte's New Turns Are Too Radical for Swimming

Swimming's governing body sent out a new rules 'interpretation'

(Newser) - Ryan Lochte's new underwater turns were a little too radical for swimming's governing body. The 11-time Olympic medalist will no longer be able to swim underwater on his back during freestyle legs of individual medley events. FINA sent a new rules "interpretation" notice to all member federations... More »

Woman Completes 'World's Toughest Swim'

She braved sharks to swim 30 miles to Golden Gate Bridge

(Newser) - A San Francisco resident has become the first woman to swim the 30-mile stretch from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge and conquer one of the world's most dangerous crossings. Kim Chambers, 38, dove in the cold water late Friday and passed under the bridge about 17... More »

10-Year-Old Girl Taking on World's Best Swimmers

Bahrain's Alzain Tareq is competing in Swimming World Championships

(Newser) - For anyone whose greatest athletic accomplishment as a 10-year-old was not choking on an orange slice after your pee-wee soccer game, meet 10-year-old Alzain Tareq from Bahrain. She is doing slightly better than that, competing in the 2015 Swimming World Championships as the youngest swimmer ever to do so, USA ... More »

Mom Drowns in Lake Erie Trying to Save 2 Girls

The girls, including her daughter, are OK

(Newser) - A Buffalo mom tried to save her 11-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old friend after they ran into trouble in the rough waves of Lake Erie, but she ended up drowning herself, WIVB reports. Evans police received a distress call from Wendt Beach just before 7pm yesterday, reports the Buffalo News ... More »

Man in Lake Felt Something Brush His Foot, Is Now Hero

That 'something' was a 3-year-old

(Newser) - Angelo Mondragon is officially a father of three. In his heart, he's a father of four. The 32-year-old Colorado man was in waist-deep water while swimming at Windsor Lake north of Denver on Sunday afternoon when he felt something brush against his feet, reports CBS Denver . It wasn't... More »

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