Kelly Gneiting

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Kelly Gneiting swimming 22 hours 46 minutes across Navajo Lake from New Mexico to Colorado on 29 July 2015
Kelly Leo Gneiting, sumo wrestler, author, competitive wrestler, marathon runner, channel swimming aspirant
Fat Passion by open water swimmer and sumo wrestler Kelly Gneiting of Idaho

Kelly Leo Gneiting is a 6-foot, 200 kg (430-pound) American sumo wrestler, author, and marathon runner from Rexburg, Idaho. He is known as the Man of Fat Steel and is the five-time U.S. Sumo Champion, 11-time U.S. representative and coach at World Sumo Championships, has run 3 marathons.

Open Water Swimming Career

  • nearly completed a crossing of the Anacapa Channel on 8 July 2014.
  • successfully swam sidestroke a 14-mile double width crossing of Bear Lake in 16:13 on August 25th, 2014, becoming the fourth person to have ever completed that course
  • completed a solo swim across Navajo Lake on 29 July 2015, crossing 22 miles (35.4 km) from Navajo Dam in New Mexico to the Colorado side of the lake in 22 hours 46 minutes.


Swimming Bear Lake Sidestroke with Scissor Kick

Video of Interview of Navajo Lake Crossing

Fat Passion

He wrote a book called Fat Passion as well as The Book of Mormon's Art of War, That Ye May Marvel, the 7 Epoch Shifts in Civilization's Destiny with Will Christensen, The Bosoko Journey, Joey and Pepper and the King of Japan, The Legend of Grandpa's Christmas Gift: And Three Other Short Stories, and The Man on the Other End of the Phone.

2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominee

Gneiting is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association along with the following nominees:

1. Andreas Fath (Germany) Swim for Science
2. Andrea Fazio (Italy) Like Father, Like Son
3. Christian Reichert (Germany) FINA World Cup Champion
4. Dan Projansky (U.S.A.) Butterflying Marathoner
5. Jim Clifford (U.S.A.) Oldest Triple Crowner
6. Fast and Frozen by Henri Kaarma (Estonia), Ryan Stramrood (South Africa), Anna Carin-Nordin (Sweden), Patrick Corcoran (Ireland), Zdeněk Thalmika (Czech Republic), Elina Makïnen (Finland) Two-way North Channel Relay
7. Ganga Avahan by by Paramvir Singh, Gullupilli Narahari, Saripilli Srihari (India) Stage Swimmers
8. Jordan Wilimovsky (U.S.A.) Olympian & World Champion
9. Kelly Gneiting (U.S.A.) Sumo Swimmer
10. Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand) Farallon Freestyler
11. Matthew Moseley (U.S.A.) Trifecta Lake-Ocean-River Swimmer
12. Mike Arbuthnot (South Africa) Midmar Mile Founder
13. Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia) Camel Swim
14. Night Train Swimmers by Grace van der Byl, Dave Holscher, Kimberley Chambers, Adam Eilath, Ashley Horne, Vito Bialla (U.S.A./New Zealand) NT300 Relay
15. Oceans Seven Relay by Rick Gaenzle, Chris Kraus, Brian Ross (U.S.A.) Triumphant Trio
16. Susan Simmons (Canada) Swimming with Multiple Sclerosis
17. Swim The Eden Expedition by Calum Hudson, Jack Hudson, Robbie Hudson (Great Britain) Brotherly Wild Swim
18. Team Nadadores Locos by Amy Appelhans Gubser, Kirk McKinney, Les Mangold, John Sims, Jeff Everett, Andrew McLaughlin (U.S.A.) Two-way Farallon Islands Relay
19. The Old Men And The Sea Relay by Don Baker, Dr. Bill Spore, Dave Radcliffe, Graham Johnston, Bob Best, Bob Beach, Norm Stupfel (U.S.A.) Catalina Cruisers
20. The Deep Enders by Jim McConica, Tom Ball, John Chung, Zach Jirkovsky, Tamie Stewart, Stacey Warmuth (U.S.A.) San Nicholas Channelers
21. Theodore Yach (South Africa) Robben Island Swimmer
22. Trent Theroux (U.S.A.) Comeback Circumnavigation
23. Wendy Trehiou (Jersey) Saint Malo to Jersey

2015 WOWSA Award Nomination

Gneiting's 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination reads as follows:

Kelly Gneiting (U.S.A.) Sumo Swimmer
Kelly Gneiting certainly pulled the most amount of any open water swim this year during his 22-mile (35.4 km) solo swim across Navajo Lake from New Mexico to Colorado in 22 hours 46 minutes. The 200 kg (440 lbs.) sumo wrestler now has done both a marathon run and a marathon swim. He trained over 200 hours swimming over 200 miles to prepare his oversized body to tackle his latest challenge despite having bronchitis and experiencing searing pain from an injured ankle. For gutting out the last 320 meters over an agonizing 3 hours, for training months on end for a goal seemingly out of his wheelhouse, and for being the heaviest person to complete an ultra-marathon swim, Kelly Gneiting's Navajo Lake swim is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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