When contemporary swimmers think of the English Channel, Nick Adams comes immediately to mind.
He not only swims across the hallowed waterway with frequency, but he is always a voice of reason and a thoughtful leader through his actions and statements, only made at the most appropriate times.
Adams has been involved in English Channel swimming since the age of fifteen, successfully completing the English Channel a total of 8 times including a two-way crossing in 27 hours 28 minutes which qualified him for the 24-hour club.
He won the following medals on the FINA World Cup Series: 1999 30 km gold in Lake Ohrid (Macedonia), 2000 25 km gold in Bled (Slovenia), 2000 30 km bronze in Lake Ohrid (Macedonia).
David Alleva’s six-year professional marathon swimming career started in 1988 with a third place at the 42 km (26-mile) Traversée Internationale Duc Lac Memphremagog marathon swim in Quebec, Canada.
Aleksey (Alexei) was the first Russian to transition from a world-class pool swimmer to a world-class marathon swimmer.
After competing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in Atlanta in two events, he won the 5 km and 25 km races at the 1998 World Swimming Championships.
On 23 July 1955, seven swimmers signed up for the first crossing of la Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, but only Jacques finished the 26 km (16-mile) swim in 11 hours 32 minutes.
Greta won a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and a silver medal in 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay in the 1948 Olympics.
In 1946, he successfully crossed Rio de la Plata in 29 hours.
His five English Channel crossings were in the 19 Daily Mail races, the 1954 Butlin race and in 1961 when he became the first person to do a double-crossing of the English Channel in 43 hours 10 minutes (with a four-minute onshore rest).
Now moving into his third decade in the channel swimming community, his lifetime of work in the water, on land and in the virtual world has been recognized by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.