Ted Erikson Talks About Utilizing His Full Potential On WOWSA Live

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Ted Erikson took a trip down memory lane during today’s WOWSA Live program where he described his marathon swims in the Lake Michigan, English Channel, and the Farallon Islands including one of his most audacious racing moves, one of the greatest in open water swimming history.

The 92-year-old International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer spoke with Ned Denison about:

* starting his swimming career in Big Sandy in Montana and his open water swimming career in Key West, Florida
* earning US$3,750 in 1961 (value today: US$32,398) for his first professional marathon swim in Lake Michigan and dealing with race director Jim Moran
* eating Cheerios in the middle of his Lake Michigan swims to calm his stomach
* competing in the 800m and 1500m at the 1947 All Navy Swim meet in Jacksonville, Florida
* losing to Dennis Matuch and Greta Anderson in 1962 Jim Moran Lake Michigan race
* losing to Abou-Heif in 1963 Jim Moran Lake Michigan Swim
* finally breaking Antonio Abertondo’s two-way English Channel record of 43 hours 10 minutes on his third attempt with a 30 hour 3 minute swim
* listening to his daughter’s advice when she instructed him, “You don’t have to swim if you don’t want to” during the second half of his first two-way English Channel attempt
* following a computer model on his second two-way attempt in the Channel
* swimming from the Farallon Islands while his support crew was shooting at sharks
* the nurse who could not find a pulse when he was pulled from the water on his first Farallon Islands attempt and then he was reported dead
* remembering other Farallon Islands swimmers including Lt. Colonel Stewart Evans, Joe Locke, and Kimberley Chambers
* remembering his son Jon Erikson who always wanted to beat his father’s records – and finally did with his historic three-way crossing
* exhausting his total capabilities in the physical, emotional and mental realms throughout his life
* advising other swimmers to maximize their full potential and balance your talents

Erikson gave his last WOWSA Live (Open Water Wednesday) interview in June 2012 in Huntington Beach, California. Soon thereafter, he met Greta Anderson for the first time in 50 years:

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