We Can’t Control A Storm, But We Can Control Sails Of Our Ship – Jordan Wilimovsky On WOWSA Live

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In preparing for the 2008 Olympic 10 km marathon swim qualification race in Sevilla, Spain, Daniel Katzir had his country of Israel inked on both sides of his head.

Katzir swam well enough to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, but he was ultimately not approved to participate in the Olympics by the Israel Swimming Association. His disappointment was palpable while his Olympic dream was dashed.

As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic led to discussions of a postponement – or potentially a cancellation – of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the Olympic dreams of 20 pre-qualified marathon swimmers** were at the precipice. Swimmers and coaches had no real idea – but strong feelings – if the Olympics would be postponed or cancelled all together.

Then on March 24th, the International Olympic Committee decided to postpone the Olympics one year. There was a collective sigh of relief by the world’s elite athletes and their coaches. While no medals would be awarded this July and August as scheduled, at least the athletes have time to adjust to the new realities of the Tokyo Olympics being held between July 23rd and August 8th 2021.

They reset their clocks and will retool their talents, strategies and plans to stand upon the Olympic podium.

America’s Jordan Wilimovsky and his coach Dave Kelsheimer will explain the situation from their perspective and how they will steer their course going forward to August 5th 2021 in next week’s WOWSA Live.

Wilimovsky is a 25-year-old two-time Olympic swimmer from California. He finished 5th in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, less than 60 hours after finishing 4th in the 1500m freestyle in the Olympic pool swimming finals. In 2021, he plans to double-up again in the 1500m freestyle and the 10 km marathon swim. In 2015, he was named the Swimming World Magazine Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year and FINA’s Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year after winning the 10 km FINA world championship in Kazan, Russia – and has clearly established himself among the highest echelon of distance freestyle swimmers, both in the pool and open water.

Jordan is intelligent, intense and totally dedicated to his craft and way of life,” observed Steven Munatones. “He is also humble and totally understands the open water. He surfs and lives in Malibu, right by the beach. He is a waterman, through and through.”

WOWSA Live include weekly one-hour online interviews that focus on sharing the lifestyles, backgrounds and mindsets of luminaries in the open water swimming world. International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison and Munatones co-host the series with the following guest schedule:

April 1st WOWSA Live: Pádraig Mallon (Ireland)
April 3rd WOWSA Live: Antonio Argüelles (Mexico)
April 6th WOWSA Live: Jordan Wilimovsky (USA)

All WOWSA Live interviews are one hour and start at 7:00 am California time, 10:00 am New York time and 3:00 pm GMT.

Catch Wilimovsky and his coach Kelsheimer – and feel free to ask them questions next Monday, April 6th.

The WOWSA Live with Jordan Wilimovsky and Dave Kelsheimer can be accessed at https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2827965029?pwd=S2dvWXNIZmg5WG5QeGFnemxXZDZDUT09 with Meeting ID 282-796-5029,
Password 102833. You can also dial via +1-253-215-8782 or +1-301-715-8592 with Meeting ID 282-796-5029, Password 102833.

* Female qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic 10K Marathon Swim:
Haley Anderson (USA)
Rachele Bruni (Italy)
Kareena Lee (Australia)
Ashley Twichell (USA)
Xin Xin (China)
Lara Grangeon (France)
Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
Finnia Wunram (Germany)
Leonie Beck (Germany)
Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands)

Male qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic 10K Marathon Swim:
Jordan Wilimovsky (USA)
Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy)
Mario Sanzullo (Italy)
Florian Wellbrock (Germany)
Marc-Antoine Olivier (France)
Rob Muffels (Germany)
Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary)
Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
Alberto Martinez (Spain)
David Aubry (France)

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