, 2022-07-16 11:00:04,
By Amy Mann
Michael Phelps. The name says it all.
Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals for swimming events, 23 of them gold, over four Olympics games. Since the beginning of the modern Olympics in 1896, swimming has been a part of the schedule. Although in the early years of the games swimming events were men only, women’s events were introduced at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. Many events have been dropped or added, including an art competition, but swimming has remained an Olympic stalwart.
The America’s Cup, the pinnacle of yachting, began in 1851, predating the modern Olympics by 45 years. The oldest competition in international sports began in the United States and became the longest winning streak in the history of sports. The event, named after the first winning boat, the “America,” began a 132-year stretch of New World wins, until an Australian vessel took the trophy in 1983. The United States win unseated Britain as the world’s undisputed maritime power. It’s a miracle we’re still friends.
How about a leisurely trip across the English Channel? Not on a boat, but swimming in 60 degree weather. Optimal swimming pool temperature is 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Like a college diploma, those degrees matter. The swim starts at 21 miles, but may be lengthened by factors like currents and winds. It can take between seven to 27 hours or more. No sharks inhabit the route, but be prepared to be stung by jellyfish. Also, the channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with 600 tankers and 200 ferries passing through it every day. You’ll pay a boat to accompany you while your team will provide medical assistance and moral support. Bon voyage!
Warsaw Community Public Library can provide information on these adventures, should you want to partake in one or more. While visiting the library, make sure you’re ready for the end of the Summer Reading Challenge. July 30 is the last day to delegate tickets (online or at the library), turn in activity sheets, and receive prizes. Kids, collect your free Tin Caps ticket form if you haven’t already. If you’re done reading, you can still participate in fun programs. The Roz Puppets will return on July 27 with shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. See you soon!
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