Sunday, August 24, 2014

430-Pound Sumo Wrestler to Swim Across Idaho Lake ... Twice

Posted By on Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM


Idaho is poised to see its second big splash of the summer.

In late July, Elaine Howley swam the 34-mile length of Lake Pend Oreille, taking 20 hours to become the only person to traverse the lake in a solo effort.

And now, a male swimmer is planning to swim across Bear Lake at the Idaho-Utah border. In fact, he plans to swim across the lake and back again on Monday, Aug. 25. 

And here's the stunner: Kelly Gneiting is a sumo wrestler. Not only is the Pocatello man a five-time U.S. sumo champion, but he has also competed in a foot marathon, which he did at 400 pounds, in 2011 (the Guinness Book of World Records still lists him as the heaviest human to complete a marathon). The Idaho State Journal reports that Gneiting was urged to swim the English Channel as an encore, but in the meantime, he'll be jumping into Bear Lake come Monday.

For the record, Gneiting will be swimming the width of the lake—about seven miles each way. He think it should take him about 14 hours to swim across the lake in each direction. Gneiting guesses that he'll expend between 15,000 and 20,000 calories during the swim. He's currently 430 pounds.

The State Journal reports that the Bear Lake Swimming Association will oversee Monday's swim.

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