Greg Streppel Talks About Global Travels & FINA Victories On WOWSA Live

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Canadian Greg Streppel of Cambridge, Ontario is an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer. The pharmacist and father of three has a fascinating story – told with his typical self-effacing humble manner – on today’s WOWSA Live interview.

Streppel discussed a number of his races and experiences with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairperson Ned Denison. He recalled:

* starting off swimming at the YMCA with his brothers in Cambridge, Ontario
* learning about FINA’s 1989 interest in open water swimming and going to his first FINA World Championships in 1991 in Perth, Australia where he failed to medal to his disappointment, finishing 10th in the 25 km
* being inspired by great Canadian Olympians Alex Baumann and Victor Davis and coached by John Campbell, Mark Fellner, Ron Jacks and Peter Vizsolyi
* being asked by Ron Jacks to compete in lac Memphrémagog at his first professional marathon swim – which he won and turned around his career
* switching to bilateral breathing after he was able to overcome initial nausea
* winning and enjoying the experience at the 1994 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda including racing against Diego Degano and Christof Wandratsch for 3 years
* winning the 88 km Maratón Hernandarias-Paraná in Argentina
* racing over a 3-year period in which he never lost, since his initial victory in Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in Quebec, Canada
* racing against a deep field in the 1994 FINA World Championships in Rome against Stéphene Lecat, Hans van Goor, Sergio Chariandini, Chad Hundeby, and Aleksey Akatyev after he realized the 3-meter rule governing drafting in FINA races was not going to be enforced during the race
* training in a 137m pool in Kitsilano and refusing to swim in English Bay

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