Steve Muntanoes, one of the world’s foremost experts on open water swimming, has suffered a heart attack, according to a Facebook post by his sister.
Munatones is the president & co-founder of Kaatsu Global, Inc., and is also the founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association, and is a member of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the media and the purveyor of the Daily News of Open Water Swimming.
He served as the USA National Open Water Swimming Team coach at the 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007 World Open Water Championships, and in 1982 was a world champion over 25 kilometers. In 2011, the International Swimming Hall of Fame gave him the Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award.
Munatones was on an escort boat for one of Diana Nyad’s famous attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida, and was scheduled to be the official observer on her final, successful, attempt, but was unable to make it due to a scheduling conflict. He did test the jellyfish suit designed for Nyad’s swims, and was called the “unofficial American dean of open-water swimming” by the New York Times.
We at SwimSwam wish our colleague and friend Steven, who most recently contributed to the April 2016 edition of SwimSwam Magazine, nothing but the best wishes for a full recovery.