Craig Dietz swims Sharkfest 2013

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

-Thomas Paine

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Craig Deitz is an extraordinary athlete. His story is unique in that he does not share the same loping swimming stroke pattern as many of his competitors; he does not drive towards the finish line with a roaring six-beat freestyle kick. Despite these differences, Craig Deitz continues to swim and does so in a manner that is easily recognizable from the shore. Deitz trains and competes laying flat on his back, one large fin attached to a portion of his leg, his hips and core undulating to provide propulsion.  Despite being a bit of a “late bloomer” when he fell in love with open water swimming at age 34 when he competed in his first 1500m swim event at the Pittsburg Triathlon in 2008, he now trains over 5,000m every day. Simply put, Craig Deitz loves swimming.

Craig Deitz was born without limbs but chooses to swim every day of his life. It is his choice to face adversity head on and to do what he truly enjoys that makes Dietz such a remarkable athlete and human being. In June 2012, Deitz became the first quadruple amputee to complete the 4.4 mile swim across the Chesapeake Bay. His story has been covered by Fox News, ESPN’s E:60, ESPN the Magazine, and a number of local print and television news media outlets. Deitz also travels around the country as a public speaker, presenting his audience with his incredible story of triumph in the face of adversity.

FINIS is privileged to work with Deitz on his latest goal: to compete in the 2013 Sharkfest Swim in the San Francisco Bay, CA. He will leap from the boat into the 56 degree waters on the morning of Sunday, May 19th and will swim 1.5 miles into Aquatic Park, fighting strong currents and tides that threaten to pull him out towards the Pacific Ocean. This is simply another challenge that Craig Deitz will overcome in the pursuit of his dreams and for his love of the sport of swimming.

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