Open Water Swimming Sport Center

This page draws together open water swimming-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Open water swimming is new to Special Olympics. It debuted at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece as a demonstration sport. Open water swimming involves swimming in rivers, lakes, seas or the ocean, where deep water, lack of lane markings, waves, currents, wind and other natural elements test the swimmer.

Open water swimming is new to Special Olympics. It debuted at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece as a demonstration sport. Open water swimming involves swimming in rivers, lakes, seas or the ocean, where deep water, lack of lane markings, waves, currents, wind and other natural elements test the swimmer.


Open Water Swimming News and Stories


رمضان 17, 1412 | SOI General: Headquarters

See Final Results for All Swimmers from All Countries

By Will Schermerhorn

Swimmers get ready for the backstroke

More than 300 swimmers from 29 countries visited the beautiful island of Puerto Rico last week. YouView Story More than 300 swimmers from 29 countries visited the beautiful island of Puerto Rico last week. You can see the final results for every swimmer and every race and every delegation on the link below. Congratulations to all the swimmers, regardless of the place they finished.

About Will Schermerhorn:Will is Special Olympics' director of web products. He's also the father of a Special Olympics athlete in Virginia.
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رمضان 17, 1412 | SOI General: Headquarters

Lots of Photos from the Aquatics Invitational in Puerto Rico

By Will Schermerhorn

See photo using the link below

Photographers snapped photos throughout the invitational, capturing moments of strength, triumph, coView Story Photographers snapped photos throughout the invitational, capturing moments of strength, triumph, courage and spirit. A link to some of the best photos is below.

About Will Schermerhorn:Will is Special Olympics' director of web products and a photographer. He's the parent of a Special Olympics athlete in Virginia.
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رمضان 14, 1412 | North America: Virginia

Parents In The Stands

By Nancy Julia

Puerto Rico parents and friends

Parents and friends in the stands are comparing seed times, waving their countries' flags and discusView Story Parents and friends in the stands are comparing seed times, waving their countries' flags and discussing their athletes' chances of winning, just like at the real Olympics. Ooops. We ARE the real Olympics! One of the neatest things at a Special Olympics event is to hear the fans cheering for the winner and just as loud for the swimmer who finished in last place 17 minutes after the winner. And then for coaches of the winning athlete coming up to you to tell you how proud they were that your athlete completed the race. After my athlete completed his 800 meter race but was disqualified for not touching the wall on several occasions, two volunteers came up and presented him with a local award. They recognized the effort he had put into it and wanted him to know that his event.

About Nancy Julia:I have been a coach in Special Olympics Virginia in Northern Virginia for AGES.
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