- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: Intl Swimming Hall of Fame; 1st edition (September 17, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1887359028
- ISBN-13: 978-1887359023
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,201,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Swimmers: Courage and Triumph Paperback – September 17, 2007
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"Swimmers: Courage and Triumph captures the essence of what happens when the human spirit uses the element of water to overcome challenges, both mentally and physically, in order to break through boundaries set by the mind or body. This is a must read for anyone who is passionate about swimming. More importantly, this is a must read for anyone who needs inspiration to reach a life goal. The book inspires all readers to realize that all triumph originates with courage. The book does a fantastic job of detailing how each triumph has its place in history beginning with Mark Spitz's seven world records in the 1972 Olympic Games all the way to Lynne Cox's historical swim to Antarctica. Readers will enjoy learning about such people as Rich Abrahams who broke age barriers with his world record swims. Other stories such as the lives of David Yudovin who survived cardiac arrest and George Grunstad at age 70 who both went on to swim the English Channel are equally inspirational. Every reader will enjoy the stories shared in Swimmers: Courage and Triumph. I know I did." Brent Rutetmiller, Publisher of Swimming World Magazine --Book jacket / Swimming World Magazine
"Quick, where's my goggles? Halfway through these wonderful athlete profiles, I could stand it no more. I simply had to find the nearest pool and go for a swim! Each story is a motivator. Each voice remids us why we love this tough, honest sport of ours. If you take swimming seriously, you're ging to connect with these pages." PH. Mullen, author of Gold in the Water --Book jacket / Swimming World Magazine
"If you've ever wondered 'What is it about swimming that makes champions go through all that work and pain?' this book will provide the answer. I've been privileged to know many of the swimmers profiled herein, and I can honestly say, their stories are worth reading. Larry Thompson has assembled a fine collection of swimmers to profile in his book, Swimmers: Courage and Triumph and every swimming fan and reader will benefit from knowing their stories." John Naber, Olympic swimming champion, television announcer, author and motivational speaker "This book is a must read...It captures all the dimensions of the competitive spirit, the pain, the passion, the disappointments and the rewards. While seeking gold is often portrayed as the ultimate goal of the competitive sport the real value in seeking excellence, as told through the stories of individuals in this book, it is the process of daring to dream, to risk and to work hard without any guarantees." Donna de Varona, Olympic swimming champion, broadcast journalist, author and motivational speaker --book jacket / Swimming World Magazine
About the Author
John Lohn is a sports journalist for the Delaware County Daily Times, located just ouside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of La Salle University. He handles collegiate, scholastic and Olympic sport coverage for the newspaper and is the senior Olympic reporter for Swimming World Magazine. Kary Lydersen is a staff writer for The Washington Post out of the Midwest bureau in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism in 1997 and where she was a member of the swim team. She also freelances for Swimming World Magazine and various publications and is a youth journalism instructor and professor at Columbia College. Jeremy Shweder is the former editor of MetroSports New York and MetroSports Washington magazine and has written hundreds of articles about endurance sports and about athletes of all shapes, sizes and speeds. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College where he was a nationally ranked tennis player, and he also earned a graduate degree from Northwestern University School of Journalism. He currently lives in New York City and studies law. Larry Thompson is the photographer and editor of the book. Although never a competitive swimmer, Larry has long been captivated by the purity of the sport and the character of those who make it great. Larry lives in Connecticut with his family. Bill Volckening is the United States Masters Swimming (USMS) National Publication Editor of SWIMER Magazine. Before participating in the creation of SWIMMER, Volckening worked for five years as USMS Editor of SWIM Magazine with noted swimming journalist Phil Whitten. Volckening has written hundres of articles for publications including SWIM Magazine, Swimming World Magazine, Swimming Technique, Fitness Swimmer, and Triathlete magazine. He also contributed to the book "It's Never to Late" by Gail Kislevitz, and served for two years as a special web correspondent for USA Swimming. Volckening is the recipient of the 1999 USMS Newsletter of the Year Award, the 2000 and 2002 USMA Fitness Award, the 2001 Dorothy Donnelly USMS Service Award and the inaugural Phillip Whitten Pioneer Award for Journalism. Phillip Whitten served as editor and Chief Media Officer for Swimming World Magazine for nearly 20 years. He is the author of The Complete Book of Swimming (Random House) and is the author or coauthor of eighteen books and over one hundred major articles on a wide variety of topics. He has lectured throughout the United States and several foreign countries on swimming and on fitness, health and the aging process. He has published pioneering studies on exercise, aging, sexuality and on the effects of exercise in forestalling biological and psychological aging. Dr. Whitten is acknowledged as one of the world's leading authorities on swimming. He is also a top Masters swimmer, having set several national and world records. An athropologist and gerontologist, Whitten earned an interdisciplinary doctorate for Harvard University and has taught at Harvard University, Bentley College and Endicott College.
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