FINIS, a world leader in technical swimming products, announces the sponsorship of athlete, Alexander Studzinski. The German open water swimmer from Wiesbaden has competed all over the world, including the FINA Grand Prix and World Cup Racing Series. Studzinski specializes in long distance open water, focusing on 10k and 25k races.
Studzinski’s long list of achievements started in 2004 where he placed fourth at the World Championships in the 25k. From there, he was no stranger to top placements in high-level races around the globe, including first place in the 10k at the Worldcup in Singapore in 2006, and first place in the 36km at FINA Grand Prix Capri-Naples in 2007. In 2008, Studzinski underwent surgery on his shoulders and seemed unsure about his future as a swimmer. After enduring countless months of physical therapy work, Studzinski returned to the world circuit ready to race.
Over the past several years, Studzinski has been consistently improving, and since his third place finish at FINA Grand Prix Rosario in 2011, he has redeemed his rightful place among the best open swimmers. In 2013, he will look to place in the top three in the FINA Grand Prix series and, in the process, qualify to compete in the 10k and 25k at the Open Water World Championships. Studzinski’s ultimate goal is to bring home gold at the FINA Grand Prix series.
Studzinski’s words to keep him going are:
“Leidenschaft heißt Leidenschaft, weil sie Leiden schafft,” meaning, “Passion is passion, because it causes suffering.”
As he strives to top the Grand Prix leaderboard, he remembers the adversity he has overcome on his journey.
John Mix, FINIS President and CEO commented on the signing said:
“It is not too often that an athlete comes along and shows such a positive and indomitable spirit. We are honored to call Alex Studzinski a FINIS athlete.”
Alexander Studzinski Major Accolades:
- 7-time German Open Water Champion (10k: 2004; 25k: 2004-07, 2010, 2012)
- 3-time FINA World Cup champion (2006 , 2009)
- 2-time FINA Grand Prix event champion (2007, 2009)
- Top 4 finisher in FINA Grand Prix series (2006-07, 2009-10)
- 16k Faros Marathon at Stari-Grad record holder, 3:01:55 (2009)
Founded in 1993 in Northern California, FINIS was started by John Mix and Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Pablo Morales. The Monofin and the Swimmer’s Snorkel were the first products they developed for the US market; afterwards, they continued to focus on creating training tools for swimmers and coaches worldwide. FINIS products are currently available in over 65 countries and are used by US and International Olympic teams, elite triathletes, and fitness swimmers.
Innovative research and design is FINIS’ highest priority. This dedication has resulted in truly unique products such as: the Swimmer’s Snorkel, which is recognized as the paramount tool to improve a swimmer’s technique, the SwiMP3 that uses bone conduction technology to play music instead of using ear buds, and the Z2 Zoomers fins, which demonstrate an intimate understanding of swimming musculature, hydrodynamics, and engineering.