The World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year honors the woman who (1) best embodies the spirit of open water swimming, (2) possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) has most positively influenced the world of open water swimming during the year.
Her nomination from the World Open Water Swimming Association reads,
"Quietly, diligently, and by herself, Anna-Carin Nordin travels the world in pursuit of the Oceans Seven. Neither the fastest nor the first, Nordin nevertheless pushes forward on her quest to cross the 7 major channels of the world. Without demands or an entourage, Nordin bounds from one channel to another, from one continent to another with a courage encased in a veneer of genuine sweetness. In addition to an ice swim and other swims in her native Sweden, she has completed the Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel and Tsugaru Channel in 2012 and is within two channels of the Oceans Seven. For her unpretentious road to the highest echelon of channel swimming, for her introverted, methodical approach to achieve her goals, for her heartfelt appreciation of everything and everyone involved in the sport, Anna-Carin Nordin is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year."
The 2012 nominees are (listed in alphabetical order of their first name):
1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), World Professional Marathon Champion
2. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Oceans Seven Swimmer
3. Annaleise Carr (Canada), Young Marathon Swimmer
4. Catherine Vogt (USA), Dual Olympic Coach
5. Diana Nyad (USA), Xtreme Dreamer
6. Esther Nuñez Morera (Spain), Professional Marathon Swimming Champion
7. Grace van der Byl (USA), Marathon Record Breaker
8. Janel Jorgensen McArdle (USA), Swim Across America President
9. Julia Washbourne (Hong Kong), Eco-Swimming Aquapreneur
10. Karen Gaffney (USA), Swimming Philanthropist
11. Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain), British Open Water Icon
12. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA), Channel Swimming Late Bloomer
13. Risztov Éva (Hungary), Olympic Champion
14. Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia), Pioneering Administrator
15. Tina Neill (USA), San Clemente Channel Swimmer
Nordin is a Swedish swimmer who swam 43.4 kilometers from Eckerö, Finland to Grisslehamn, Sweden in 14 hours 31 minutes, completed the English Channel in 12 hours, and swam across the Molokai Channel in over 18 hours. In 2012, she swam across the Catalina Channel in 12 hours 40 minutes in July and the Tsugaru Channel in 19 hours 11 minutes in September. She has completed 5 of 7 channels in the Oceans Seven.
Nordin started to swim as a 6-year-old in Lidingö, a suburb of Stockholm in Sweden. A pool swimmer until 1985, she started swimming Long races: Riddarfjärden in Stockholm, Vansbrosimningen, Göta Kanal simmet and other shorter races. In 1997, after her son was born, she swam her first Nordic Masters Championships and the European Masters in Prague.
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