Courtesy of WOWSA, Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Christiane Fanzeres, an information technologist and data analyst, served as the administrator responsible for open water swimming with the Brazilian Swimming Federation before she was named as the Marathon Swimming Technical Operations Manager at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The 52-year-old former professional marathon swimmer who also successfully completed the English Channel in 2001 in 10 hours 14 minutes, was a member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee. She recalls her experiences before and during the 2016 Olympics 10 km marathon swim.

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