Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Swimming World Magazine annually gives its award to the Open Water Swimmers of the Year. Larisa Ilchenko was received the recognition three times while Thomas Lurz of Germany [shown on right] has won it five times.

Who will receive it this year?

Swimming World Magazine Open Water Swimmers of the Year (female)

2005: Edith van Dijk (Netherlands)
2006: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia)
2007: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia)
2008: Larisa Ilchenko (Russia)
2009: Keri-Anne Payne (United Kingdom)
2010: Martina Grimaldi (Italy)
2011: Keri-Anne Payne (United Kingdom)
2012: Éva Risztov (Hungary)
2013: Poliana Okimoto (Brazil)

Swimming World Magazine Open Water Swimmers of the Year (male)

2005: Thomas Lurz (Germany) and Chip Peterson (USA)
2006: Thomas Lurz (Germany)
2007: Vladimir Dyatchin (Russia)
2008: Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands)
2009: Thomas Lurz (Germany)
2010: Valerio Cleri (Italy
2011: Thomas Lurz (Germany) and Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece)
2012: Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia)
2013: Thomas Lurz (Germany)

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