Jump Shots

Jump Shots


To me, there’s something quite special about the moment someone enters the water to begin a marathon swim. It’s an act of great courage; a willing surrender to a foreign and potentially dangerous environment; an acceptance of inevitable pain and struggle soon to be experienced.

The moment is even more dramatic when “entering the water” requires jumping from a dock – as in MIMS. Tom M. (a.k.a. bklynpolar on Flickr) and his camera were on the dock for the MIMS start, and captured these moments for a number of swimmers. Here are the “jump shots” for the top 8 seeds, in descending order. Click to enlarge.

7 Responses to “Jump Shots”

  1. d barra

    2011-06-23T15:57:52+00:00

    best jump is a toss up between sarah and miguel, though miguel (hands down) gets the best suit from this group…. the jh20’s would probably take take the prize in a run-off

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    • Evan

      2011-06-23T21:07:00+00:00

      I’m gonna go with Sarah on this one. That is one hell of an enthusiastic jump.

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  2. Sarah

    2011-06-29T09:35:23+00:00

    Just discovered your blog, Evan! I’ve enjoyed reading it. As a side bar, the reason the jump was so enthusiastic was because I’m not all that coordinated- I actually slipped on my way in.

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    • Evan

      2011-06-29T10:05:43+00:00

      Hey Sarah! Looks pretty graceful to me – at least at the moment of the picture. Didn’t see the parts right before & after, which I suppose are key :-)

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  3. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim 2011: The Lone Starlettes Take Manhattan | Wind Against Current

    2011-08-20T17:13:37+00:00

    […] off the dock into the water. Evan Morrison,  who finished third in the race, has posted the “jump shots” of himself and some of the other top swimmers, and described the feeling of first entering […]

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