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Erik Eggers

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Erik Eggers wrote Nachts Allein Im Ozean, Mein Weg durch die Ocean's Seven with André Wiersig about Wiersig's achievement of the Oceans Seven

Erik Eggers is a German sports historian and author of Der Mensch Als Fisch, Nachts Allein Im Ozean, Mein Weg durch die Ocean's Seven, and Ein Mann des Meeres: André Wiersig erzählt sein Schwimmen durch die Ocean's Seven among other publications.

Der Mensch Als Fisch[edit]

Der Mensch Als Fisch was published in 2020 about Otto Kemmerich who is described as an innovative pioneer, who for example, experimented with waterproof wrist watches in 1924.

Nachts Allein Im Ozean, Mein Weg durch die Ocean's Seven[edit]

Nachts Allein Im Ozean, Mein Weg durch die Ocean's Seven ((English translation: Alone in the Ocean at Night, My Way through the Ocean's Seven) was published in September 2019 with and about André Wiersig, the first German and the 16th person in history to complete the most demanding challenge in open water swimming: the Oceans Seven. Wiersig tells how he prepared for the seven channels in the world - and how he got to know and love the open ocean to the rhythm of the hour-long arm strokes, sometimes at night and all by himself. It took six years to cross the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Kaiwi Channel, the North Channel, the Tsugaru Channel, the Cook Strait, and the Strait of Gibraltar. He encountered sharks, dolphins, whales, and plastic garbage. During this time, Wiersig became the ambassador for the oceans and the German Marine Foundation. The story of a middle-aged family man and manager who, with his approach to life, is able to achieve unimagined physical and mental achievements.

Ein Mann des Meeres: André Wiersig erzählt sein Schwimmen durch die Ocean's Seven[edit]

Ein Mann des Meeres: André Wiersig erzählt sein Schwimmen durch die Ocean's Seven (English translation: A Man of the Sea: André Wiersig Tells of his Swimming through the Ocean's Seven) is an audio CD released in August 2020, co-produced by Eggers, Klaus Sander, and André Wiersig. It tells how it took André Wiersig six years to become the first German-speaking athlete to master the most physically and mentally demanding challenge of open water swimming: the Oceans Seven. In Ein Mann des Meeres, the German native of Paderborn tells of his adventures in the English Channel, in the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, the North Channel in Scotland, the Catalina Channel in California, the Tsugaru Channel in Japan, the Cook Strait in New Zealand, and the Strait of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco. Wiersig explains his emotional near-death experiences, his painful encounters with venomous jellyfish and encounters with sea lions, flying fish, whales and sharks, and describes how his global journey moved him to become an ocean advocate.

WOWSA Awards[edit]

Der Mensch Als Fisch - Die Abenteuer von Otto Kemmerich friesischer Schwimmpionier by Erik Eggers was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year category with the following nomination: Der Mensch Als Fisch - Die Abenteuer von Otto Kemmerich friesischer Schwimmpionier​ is a biography of Otto Kemmerich (1866-1952), an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame who arguably took on the greatest cumulative risk of any open water swimmer in history. Kemmerich did many of his marathon swims unescorted - up to 46 hours alone without escort boats or support crews. German sports historian Erik Eggers covers three decades of his prolific career between the early 1920's and the mid-1960's until Kemmerich finally pushed the envelope too far and died during a 200 km stage swim from Denmark to Germany at the age of 66. For recalling the character, dreams, and vision of Kemmerich for contemporary audiences, for giving tribute to a truly colorful open water explorer and adventurer who weighed the risks of his challenges with detailed planning, and for telling about his experimentation with waterproof watches and implementation of other safety measures, Der Mensch Als Fisch - Die Abenteuer von Otto Kemmerich friesischer Schwimmpionier by Erik Eggers is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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