Speedo diplomacy

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Fidel Castro celebrating the Swim for Peace by Walter Poenisch in 1978, together with Fay Poenisch
Lynne Cox swimming from Little Diomede (U.S.A.) to Big Diomede (Soviet Union) across the Bering Strait in 1987 as part of her Speedo diplomacy
Lewis Pugh in Five Swims In Antarctica for 1 Reason in the Southern Ocean in an act of Speedo diplomacy. Photo by Kelvin Trautman
The 2017 Pan-American Colibrí Swim between Imperial Beach, California, USA and Playas de Tijuana Mexico is a 10 km cross-border swim and an example of Speedo diplomacy by a group of ocean swimmers from five nations with the purpose to raise awareness and funds for the Colibri Center for Human Rights in the Pacific Ocean

noun - Speedo diplomacy is a politically-sensitive swim or actions based on an unprecedented open water swim that results in positive action by governments or leaders or organizations around the world, especially among those with fundamentally different perspectives and viewpoints.


Ping-pong diplomacy (Chinese: 乒乓外交) refers to the exchange of table tennis (ping-pong) players between the United States and People's Republic of China in the early 1970s. The event marked a thaw in Sino-American relations that paved the way to a visit to Beijing by President Richard Nixon.

Speedo Diplomacy Swims

Pan-American Colibrí Swim

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