Extreme Journeys with Jaimie Monahan
The Who’s Who of the contemporary ice swimming world always includes New Yorker Jaimie Monahan, the first person to complete Ice Sevens. She has been at the forefront of the winter swimming competitions and solo extreme swimming communities for years now while intermixing in marathon swims and channel swims.
But her adventures do not end in the cold. The globe trotting swimmer has done long marathon swims including a 69 km marathon swim across Lake Geneva, Switzerland in 32 hours 52 minutes and a 91.6 km 40 Bridges – Double Manhattan Island Swim in 20 hours 12 minutes.
Her adventures around the world could fill volumes of historical books on the sport.
Most recently, she was featured in Haley Shapley’s new book, Strong like Her which celebrates female rule-breakers, history makers, and unstoppable athletes including Annette Kellerman, Rose_Pitonof, Gertrude Ederle, and Monahan.
The two-time World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year (2016 and 2017), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee (Class of 2018), the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer (Class of 2019), and Guinness World Record holder is an aquatic example of strength and courage mixed with ingenuity and creativity.
Steven Munatones asks, “How does any person maintain a full-time stress-filled job in the modern world while flying around the world from the Arctic to Antarctica and setting all kinds of records and setting all kinds of standards? Jaimie figured it out – her recipe works for her. She loves swimming, travel, adventure and exploring the outer bounds of what is physically and mentally possible in a sport that she obviously loves.”
Listen in to one of swimming’s record setters and history makers on Monday, April 20th at 10 am New York time / 3 pm GMT on WOWSA Live with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison.
Of the hundreds of open water swims (winter, ice, marathon, channel, coastal, lake) that she has done in her life, a look at 9 of her Ice Miles gives a hint of the many places she has created a wake for others to follow:
1. April 2016 (Reykjavík, Iceland): 1.00 mile in 35 minutes 0 seconds in 3.70°C water in the sea
2. December 2016 (Tyumen, Russia): 1.03 miles in 30 minutes 20 seconds in -0.03°C water (with a wind chill of -31.00°C) in an ice pool in a freshwater lake
3. February 2017 (Aguelmame Sidi Ali Lake, Morocco): 1.02 miles in 32 minutes in 4.90°C water (with a wind chill of -0.50°C) in a freshwater mountain lake
4. March 2017 (Mikkelvik Brygge, Karlsøy, Iceland): 1.11 miles in 32 minutes in 2.37°C water (with a wind chill of -3.50°C) in the sea
5. March 2017 (M Street Beach, Boston, Massachusetts, USA): 1.01 miles in 26 minutes 16 seconds in 4.63°C water in the ocean
6. May 2017 (Tasman Lake, Aoraki Mt. Cook, New Zealand): 1.14 miles in 26 minutes 44 seconds in 2.37°C water in a freshwater glacier lake
7. July 2017 (Los Cauquenes Resort Beach on the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina): 1.13 miles in 29 minutes 5 seconds in 4.77°C water in the ocean
8. March 2018 (Paradise Harbour, Antarctica): 1.01 miles in 30 minutes 49 seconds in 0.57°C water in a saltwater harbor with icebergs and glaciers
9. June 2018 (Ilulissat Harbour, Greenland): 1.10 miles in 29 minutes 40 seconds in 2.43°C water in a sea harbor
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