2014 US OW Championships

NiekNiek Member
edited March 7 in General Discussion
I read this post on SwimSwam about "USA Swimming has decided to move the 2014 United States Open Water Swimming Championships from the original location of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina"
What are your thoughts about this and specially about the comment:
Open water is a joke in the US. It takes very little knowledge of the water to do well in open swimming in a lake. Half of the open water races are held where there’s not even surf. Open water is not supposed to be just about endurance and being the fastest swimmer. It is about being able to stand on the beach, and look out into the ocean and know the fastest way to get from point A to point B is not always a straight line. Half of the sanctioned races are being held where there is almost no swell, so swimmers do not have to time when they look up during the crest and put their heads down during the trough of the swell.
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  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member
    Pretty much agree with that statement.
    There was a 10 k in NYC a few years ago with challenging conditions and there was quite a lot of sniveling from the professional field... So it seems like they have come to expect courses that don't offer much adversity.
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • NiekNiek Member
    edited December 2013

    Half of the open water races are held where there’s not even surf.

    So the other half had surf! Halve/halve that seems fair.
    But what about (cross) currents and tides? Especially currents are harder to take into account but I didn't read anything about that.
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  • It's been pretty much the same in cross country running for over 30 years - too many important races are held on golf course-like setups. No real brutal hills, mud, etc. It's often just a track race held on grass. Cross country world championships were recently downgraded from being held every year to every other year due to lack of interest. No coincidence.
    Although I enjoy watching professional open water races, they are often somewhat dull in the sense that most of them are sit-and-kick affairs. As such, they are a bit of a tough sell to the average person who has no knowledge/appreciation of the nuances of the sport. It will be interesting to see if Brazil's beach venue changes that - at least somewhat.

    -LBJ
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  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    Professional OW races are simply long pool swims w/o the walls.
  • NiekNiek Member
    edited December 2013
    Maybe you're right with a 10 km.
    But I don't think you can compare for instance those long marathon swims in South America with pool swimming.
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  • NiekNiek Member
    edited December 2013
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  • Niek said:
    Alex Meyer voiced concerns along those lines after the last olympics. There is no structured "feeder series" to develop high end open water swimmers in the US. The olympic field was chosen in Shanghai at the world championships on a rough, warm course for the field that swam in London in the Olympics on a cold, flatwater course, which he didn't think made a lot of sense. I suppose that second complaint was fielded more at FINA than USS, but it's valid toward both organizations.

  • NiekNiek Member
    edited December 2013
    A good champion can swim at all courses.
    Maarten van der Weijden hated cold water races, (ha! in the Netherlands almost all races are around 18-19 °C) but he still did them leading up to the Olympics.
    Another reason he never tried The Channel. To cold.

    Only part of the Olympic contenders where chosen in China. The rest had to qualify in Portugal in colder water (and with a river current) than in China.
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  • http://swimswam.com/castaic-lake-chosen-new-host-open-water-nationals/

    They're moving the meet back to California. What a joke.
  • NiekNiek Member
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