TAKE A VIDEO TOUR INSIDE THIS ISSUE OF SWIMMING WORLD
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]
009 Top 5 Open Water Moments of 2013 by Jeff Commings
012 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.
016 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.
020 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.
028 Lessons with the Legends: Randy Reese by Michael J. Stott
030 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.
033 Dryside Training: Strength for Speed by J.R. Rosania
034 AthleticFoodie/Let’s Live a Healthier Life: Staying Healthy During the Holidays by Garrett Weber-Gale
036 Ask Dr. Shannon: Hamstring Stretches by Shannon McBride
037 Q&A with Coach Allison Beebe by Michael J. Stott
038 How They Train Simone Manuel by Michael J. Stott
040 Paddles: Why They Work by Michael J. Stott
Paddles are an important training aid that can help swimmers reinforce proper technique and build strength.
006 A Voice for the Sport
023 Holiday Gift Guide
042 Up & Comers
044 Gutter Talk
046 Parting Shot