Britta Kamrau Remembers Her Friendships, Her Career On WOWSA Live
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International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Britta Kamrau spoke about her incredibly successful professional marathon swimming career – and the friendships she made across the world – on today’s WOWSA Live program.
The German star won 10 FINA World Championship medals between 2002 and 2007 including 4 gold medals from 5 km to 25 km. Over the course of her career, she also won the 2003 and 2006 FINA World Cup Series and finished 2nd in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 with a total of 78 podium finishes (24 being first place).
During her interview with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairperson Ned Denison, she recalled:
* remembering her early competitive start when she followed in the wake of teammates Christof Wandratsch and Peggy Büchse in Rostock, Germany
* setting a Guinness World Record as a relay member 157 km in 40 hours across the Baltic Sea from Trelleborg, Sweden
* gaining confidence by winning a bronze medal in the European Championships in the 5 km at the age of 16 in 1999 in Istanbul and another bronze in the 25 km at the age of 17 years in 1998
* facing her fears of the cold water
* remembering the challenge and uniqueness of swimming around Atlantic City and her host family with whome she stayed for 3 years [see below]
* sweeping the awards podium in the 5 km, 10 km and 25 km in a lake outside of Madrid Spain at the 2004 LEN European Championships
* racing against rival Edith van Dijk and Angela Maurer
* advising FINA members on the Technical Open Water Swimming Committee
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