International Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee, Jon Erikson, passed away on Monday, July 28th, at the age of 59 from a virus, as we are told. Erikson was one of the world’s greatest open water swimmers. He was the first swimmer to ever complete a triple-crossing of the English Channel and held the record for the double crossing of the English Channel.
Jon Erikson was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame this year, which isn’t as common for open water and marathon swimmers. Below is his Hall of Fame induction video as well as a video of his Induction Speech.
He was inducted to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1981. His father, Ted Erikson, was a marathon open water swimmer as well. He was also a member of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
Throughout his career, he made 4 single crossings, 2 double crossings, and 1 triple crossing of the English Channel.
ISHOF Induction Video
ISHOF Induction Speech