Stephen Redmond is swimming like a man possessed, working fast to
achieve the Ocean’s Seven.
But he trains with only a 16-meter pool and
the Irish Sea at his disposal. Cold, solitary, rough are the conditions
in which Stephen pounds out the miles: year-round, quietly, stoically, without
complaint and without reservations. His commitment to training enabled
him to conquer the treacherously cold Fastnet Rock swim, an unprecedented
26-mile journey to the southernmost point of Ireland.
In his quest to add
to his impressive channel resume (including the North Channel, English Channel
and Strait of Gibraltar), he flew from his home base in Ireland to tackle the
Catalina Channel and Molokai Channel this October. While he added his
name to the Catalina Channel family, the currents of Molokai got the better of
him. This time. Like a bulldozer with an endless tank of gas,
Stephen has the personality, drive and heart to succeed against all odds.
For his unprecedented swim around Fastnet and his other channel swims, Stephen Redmond is a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
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