Petar Stoychev Talks About His Career, Rivals, Training On WOWSA Live

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International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Petar Stoychev spoke about his incredible career – in the pool and in the open water – on today’s WOWSA Live program.

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairperson Ned Denison touched a number of highlights about his professional marathon swimming career. Among his varied recollections, he touched upon:

* his beginning in the sport at the age of 17 finishing second in a race in Macedonia in 1993
* having to request a visa for every international competition
* traveling for over 40 hours to his first Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia – in the smoking section of the airplane
* winning the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 11 times – and his positive mindset throughout his victories
* explaining why he did not win the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix in 2012
* carrying the Bulgarian flag on 08/08/08 at the Beijing Olympic Games
* explaining the difficulty of winning the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim
* training with and remembering the workout habits of 2-time Olympic medalist Thomas Lurz and his coach/brother Stefan Lurz in Germany
* becoming the Minister of Sport in his native Bulgaria
* becoming the first person of break 7 hours across the English Channel, following the footsteps of Christof Wandratsch and giving way to Trent Grimsey

The Battle Training sessions with Lurz were mentioned in this publication over 10 years ago:

* The Strongest Survive…And Thrive
* The Pool Of Pain

What is remarkable is that Petar and Ned did not even get to talking about his winter swimming and ice swimming accomplishments from dominating the International Ice Swimming Association World Championships and completing an Ice Kilometer in Antarctica in under 0°C water to winning the FINA World Championships 25 km title in warm water over 31°C,” commented Steven Munatones. “His career is incredible, unparalleled.”

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