James Kegley Describes His Journey On WOWSA Live
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James Kegley was always friendly, personable and successful on the professional marathon swimming circuit in the 1970’s and 1980’s for a decade. He could put everyone and anyone at ease including all of those who were in his escort boats and crews on his marathon swimming travels around the world.
The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer talked about his career, travels and experiences with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairperson Ned Denison on today’s edition of WOWSA Live.
On WOWSA Live, Kegley talked about:
* swimming with and inspired by John Kinsella and James ‘Doc’ Counsilman
* piloting for his coach Dr. Counsilman for the English Channel
* finishing #1 – #2 in Atlantic City Around the Island professional marathon swimming with Paul Asmuth
* hugging the rocks around the inlet of Atlantic City
* getting qualified for the professional marathon swimming circuit, World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation
* competing at 24 Heures La Tuque and the professional marathon swimming circuit
* training with Shelley Taylor-Smith in Australia and Sergio Chiarandini in Italy
* staying with Abou-Heif in Egypt
* urinating in the water during races
* racing against Claudio Plit
* traveling the world as a result of his nomadic life and being a house guest in the family of Anita Sood in India
His professional photography, including work done for Forbes, TIME, USA Today, National Geographic Channels and Television, Leo Burnett, The Smithsonian Institution, Smart Money, Barrons, Peace Corps, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Medstar National Rehab Hospital, PreKnow, The Riecken Foundation, The Broad Foundation among others, can be seen at www.jameskegley.com.
The graduate from Indiana University also coached other marathon swimmers like David Alleva in addition to his victory at the 1980 24 Heures La Tuque together with Paul Asmuth. He also placed in the top three at the 35.4 km Sydney Harbor Marathon Swim, 35.4 km Around-the-Island Marathon Swim in Atlantic City, USA, the 32 km Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in 7 hours 11 minutes in 1980 and the 32 km Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean, the 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli, and won the 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda river swim in Argentina in 7 hours 59 minutes in 1987. On the home front, he has held the longest-standing world record in a U.S. Masters Swimming sanctioned open water swim, the 2-mile Chris Green Lake Swim in Virginia.
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