Why independent observation and verification is essential for marathon swimming, Reason #3425

Why independent observation and verification is essential for marathon swimming, Reason #3425


Don’t think for a second that this couldn’t happen, wouldn’t happen, or hasn’t happened, in marathon swimming:

“Marathon Man” (by Mark Singer). In The New Yorker, August 6, 2012.

Related question: If Diana Nyad touching the boat during her feeds hadn’t been captured on video, would we have ever known she was doing this?

Also See: Two Golden Rules of Open Water and/or Marathon Swims (LoneSwimmer)

2 Responses to “Why independent observation and verification is essential for marathon swimming, Reason #3425”

  1. Bob Needham

    2012-09-17T15:08:47+00:00

    Thank goodness I had my twin brother along when I set the record for the first circumnavigation of the island of Atlantis. I also hold the record for the fastest circumnavigation, a record sure to stand for eternity.

    [These kinds of verification problems have appeared over and over again in the history of exploration and mountaineering. Google “Dr. Frederick Cook” for one of the most famous ones. To see how far a deception went and how hard it was to disprove see http://www.dioi.org/vols/w73.pdf.

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    • Evan

      2012-09-19T12:22:17+00:00

      Interesting stuff. Thanks Bob. Always fun to hear mountaineering parallels; there are so many.

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