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Unir el Mundo project

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Matías Ola of Unir el Mundo Project
Matías Ola of Argentina and Jackie Cobell of Great Britain before their Falkland Challenge
The Falkland Challenge was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year category

The Unir el Mundo project is a 7-part global open water swimming adventure by Matías Ola, an open water swimmer from Argentina who specializes in cold water swimming. He will swim in 7 different venues around the world in the Unir el Mundo project.

Unir el Mundo swims[edit]

The Unir el Mundo swims include the following:

1. Strait of Gibraltar from Marruecos in Morocco to Tarifa, Spain
2. 86 km Bering Strait Crossing - international relay team
3. Bering Strait from Big Diomede Island, Russia to Little Diomede, Alaska
4. From Papua New Guinea to Jayapura, Indonesia
5. From Aquaba, Jordan to Egypt
6. From Europe to Asia in Turkey
7. To the Isla de los Estados in Tierra del Fuego in Argentina
8. Falkland Challenge, a tandem swim by Matías Ola from Argentina and Jackie Cobell from Great Britain in the Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands) between West Falkland and East Falkland

Unir el Mundo Team[edit]

2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination[edit]

Matías Ola and Jackie Cobell have swum some of the toughest, coldest swims in history. But in a tandem swim of peace and friendship between West Falkland and East Falkland in the Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands), they required the ultimate in political planning and logistical operations. As part of the Unir el Mundo project, they pull off a successful crossing of the Strait of San Carlos in 2 hours 37 minutes in 6ºC water between the two main islands of the Falkland Islands. For envisioning and completing their joint swim for harmony 33 years after the end of the war between their two respective nations, for competing a dramatically unprecedented expedition between two islands far from the South American mainland, for being personable and friendly ambassadors of the sport and their respective nations, the Falkland Challenge is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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