CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - 2014 Yudovin Award

evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
edited March 2015 in Admin Communications
We started the MSF Global Marathon Swimming Awards in 2012 with two categories:
- Solo Swim of the Year (to honor the single most outstanding marathon swim of the year)
- the Barra Award (to honor the most impressive year of marathon swimming, all considered)

In 2013, we added the "Service to Marathon Swimming" Award, to honor those who have gone most above and beyond in service to the sport of marathon swimming and its participants.

This year, we are excited to announce another new award category, the Yudovin Award, named after legendary Californian marathon swimmer David Yudovin -- one of the very few open water swimmers to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
The Yudovin Award honors the single most adventurous swim of the year.

To answer the inevitable question: How is this different from 'Solo Swim of the Year'? I'll say this:

'Solo Swim of the Year' is meant to recognize a purely athletic achievement -- in our sport, this might mean: extraordinarily long swims, extraordinarily fast swims, or extraordinarily physically tough swims. e.g., past winners Tina Neill and Trent Grimsey.

In contrast, the Yudovin Award is meant to recognize the spirit of adventure. The most interesting swim, or the most unusual swim. (These swims are also great athletic accomplishments, obviously.)

David has given his personal blessing for this new award. Those of you who attended the SBCSA banquet this year had the opportunity to meet and chat with him. Wow, does he have some stories! For more info about David, see his website. For a list of his swims, see this page.

Without further ado, please submit your nominations for the Yudovin Award -- the most adventurous swim of 2014.

(Nominated swims must adhere to traditional marathon swimming rules, which David Yudovin has followed during his marathon swimming career... even when no one was watching.)


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