Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Open Water Swimming Trivia

How good are you at open water swimming trivia? Take the test below...answers will be posted tomorrow. Good luck!

Q1. What city gave Gertrude Ederle a ticker-tape parade? For extra credit, what year?

Q2. What year did the La Jolla Rough Water Swim start?

Q3. Who was the first person to swim across the Cook Strait? For extra credit, what year?

Q4. What famous beach did Keo Nakama finish on when he became the first person to swim across the Molokai Channel?

Q5. What serious illness did the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim gold medalist from The Netherlands overcome?

Q6. What famous professional swimmer got disqualified during the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Beijing?

Q7. What two islands did Lynne Cox swim between when she crossed the Bering Strait?

Q8. From 1978 to 2005, two Americans consecutively held the English Channel record. Who were they?

Q9. Who was Petar Stoychev's escort boat pilot when he became the first person to break 7 hours across the English Channel?

Q10. What American swimmer won seven World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation titles during the 1980’s? For extra credit, whose record did he break?

Q11. How many mothers competed in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the Beijing Olympics? For extra credit, who were they?

Q12. In what country is the longest professional marathon swimming race held? For extra credit, how long is this race?

Q13. Who is the current chairman of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame? For extra credit, how is the current secretary?

Q14. Have more than 15,000 people compete in the Midmar Mile nearly every year since 2005? For extra credit, how many Olympic swimmers competed in the 2009 Midmar Mile?

Q15. Do more people compete in the Sun Moon Lake International Swim in Taiwan than the Vansbrosimningen race in Sweden?

Q16. How much money is won by the male and female winners of the RCP Tiburon Mile?

Q17. When was the Rottnest Channel first swum? For extra credit, who did it?

Q18. How far was the longest professional marathon swim ever held in America? For extra credit, where was the race held and how many people finished the race?

Q19. What colors are the warning and disqualification cards in competitive open water swimming?

Q20. How many transponders are used by each swimmer in FINA races or at the Olympics?

Q21. What open water swimming distances are raced at the FINA World Swimming Championships and the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships?

Q22. How many professional open water swimming circuits are sanctioned by FINA? For extra credit, what is the formal name of these pro circuits?

Q23. Where will the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim be held at the 2012 London Olympics?

Q24. Where will 2009 World Swimming Championships be held?

Q25. Who is considered the best professional marathon swimmer in the world today? Hint: She won the 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim. For extra credit, what country is she from?

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