Anna-Carin Nordin

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Anna-Carin Nordin
Anna-Carin Nordin
Anna-Carin Nordin at the Glen Christiansen Tenerife Camp
Anna-Carin Nordin is a 41-year-old marathon swimmer and channel swimmer from Sweden who swam 43.4 kilometers from Eckerö, Finland to Grisslehamn, Sweden in 14 hours 31 minutes under very rough seas. She also competed on the 2009 FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit and also swam 20 km in Sweden from Norrfjärden-Mellanfjärden along the costline in north of Sweden in August. She will do an ice swim in Callifayd (1.6 km in 5 degrees C) in November.

She was also nominated for the 2011 and 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.


Oceans Seven

She has completed 6 of the 7 channels of the Oceans Seven. She has completed the English Channel in 2010 in a time of 12:00:59, the Molokai Channel in over 18 hours in October 2011, the Strait of Gibraltar on 1 May 2012, the Catalina Channel in 12 hours 40 minutes on 3 July 2012, the Tsugaru Channel in 19 hours 11 minutes in September 2012, and the Cook Strait in 8 hours 17 minutes on 8 April 2013.

Her goals are to swim major channels around the world, from the North Channel between Scotland and Ireland and to complete the remainder of the Oceans Seven channels around the world. She trains up to 100,000 meters per week at the Glen Christiansen Tenerife Swim Camp in preparation for her swims.


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.

In 2009 she competed in the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Copenhagen, finishing in 2 hours 47 minutes. Later in 2010, she completed the English Channel.

In 2011 she won the Glen Christiansen & Swedish Swimming Federations Masters Prize for outstanding performance and promotion of Masters swimming in Sweden and international.

World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Nordin was nominated for the 2011 and 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. Her 2012 World Open Water Swimming Association nomination 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. With the Catalina Channel and Tsugaru Channel completed this year, the Swedish heroine has 2 more swims to achieve her goal 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.


In June 2011, she attended one of the Glen Christiansen swimming camps in Tenerife. She trained up to 100,000 meters per week and every third day, she did a 6-8 hour ocean swim.

World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominee

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