Open water swimmers often write poetically about their experiences in the oceans and lakes around the world.

The aquatic adventurists also speak eloquently about what motivates them and how they feel swimming in the world’s waterways. They speak of being one with the environment about them.

Who said this?

It gives me something that nothing else does – that rush, a sense of belonging. It’s where I am home. It is my release, my stage. It’s the place I feel like I’m made for.”

A. Ram Barkai talking about his unprecedented Antarctic Circle Ice Challenge.
B. Shelley Taylor-Smith talking about her 5 record victories around Manhattan Island.
C. Ned Denison talking about organizing the Cork Distance Week in Ireland.
D. Marcy MacDonald talking about her 14 successful crossings of the English Channel.
E. El Sharko (the real-world Christopher Blakeslee) talking about swimming in cold water year-round in Aquatic Park.
F. Lynn Kubasek talking about swimming across and observing in the Catalina Channel.
G. Petar Stoychev talking about winning 11 times at the Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog.
H. Catherine Vogt talking about coaching victorious Olympians and world champions under pressure-packed competitions.
I. Damián Blaum talking about competing on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit.
J. Adam Walker (shown above) talking about his attempt to achieve the Oceans Seven.

Answer will be posted tomorrow.

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