Other than the $25,000 winner-take-all prize for the 1927 Catalina Channel race, the Canadian National Exhibition swims, or Gertrude Ederle's 1926 crossing of the English Channel when she was given one of the greatest ticker-tape parades ever in New York City, winning the gold medal at the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Beijing will arguably have the greatest monetary affect on any open water swimmer to date.
Where are the Olympic 10K athletes training for this epic race?
Natalie du Toit is working out in South Korea with her South African pool teammates.
Poliana Okimoto of Brazil has prepared herself in Flagstaff, Arizona at the Northern Arizona University, specifically for altitude training.
Maarten van der Weijden and Edith van Dijk are working out in Hong Kong with their Dutch teammates.
Australia's Ky Hurst, who just came off of a two-week training camp with Grant Hackett is now in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia training under the heat and humidity that the 10K swimmers expect in Beijing.
Great Britain's David Davies is in Osaka, Japan for the British's pre-Olympic training camp.
Mark Warkentin is in Singapore with his Olympic pool teammates, getting prepared like Hurst under the hot and humid conditions of Singapore.
Russia's Vladimir Dyatchin, Larisa Ilchenko, and Evgeny Drattsev are staying at their home training base close to Moscow. The favored Russians are fine-tuning their preparations with a combination of scientific testing and technique and tactic work until leaving to Beijing on August 13.
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