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Five U.S. Free Divers Set to Make History with First Appearance in
CMAS Freediving World Championships in Kaş, Turkey this October
Kaş, Turkey, September 25, 2018: The United States Freediving Federation (USFF) will make
history this October as Team America travels to Kaş, Turkey and competes in the CMAS
Freediving World Championships, marking the first ever U.S. appearance at this Olympic-style
"I’m truly honored to be a part of the US Freediving Team. We'll be the first to represent the
and attend the CMAS Freediving World Championship, and I couldn't be more proud of
everyone's hard work” says Renee Blundon of Team America. “I hope this event inspires more
people in the US about the sport of freediving. We want to pave the path for others to aspire to
participate in these incredible international competitions."
Team America will compete against 120+ athletes from more than 50 countries over the course
of a week. The five USFF athletes hope to break recently established national records from the
Hawaii Cup of Freediving this past August. That event was the first CMAS sanctioned national
championship hosted by the USFF in the United States.
As many discuss whether freediving will officially join the Olympic roster in either 2024 Paris or
2028 Los Angeles, the USFF points to their involvement with events like the Hawaii Cup and the
Freediving World of Championships as indicators of the growing momentum towards making that
hope a reality.
“We could not be more excited to represent the United States at the Freediving World
Championships for the first time in history. The support for this movement has been incredible;
we actually raised more than $7,500 to help cover some of the costs in sending them over to Kaş
to compete” says Jeremy Stephan, President of the USFF. “Team America’s appearance in this
international event is driving awareness and recognition for this unique sport. Freedivers in the
U.S. will look towards them as leaders laying down the foundation for what could ultimately lead
to an Olympic appearance.”
The CMAS Freediving World Championships will kick-off Monday, October 1st and conclude on
Sunday, October 7th. The event will be streamed live for fans to follow along on the Olympic
of the competition.
ABOUT THE USFF
Founded in 2018 by tech entrepreneur and freediver Jeremy Stephan, The United States Freediving Federation is sanctioned under CMAS and the International Olympic Committee. The mission of the U.S. Freediving Federation is to bring awareness to freediving across the United States and support the efforts of all those that engage in the sport, whether it be for self-exploration and adventure, therapeutic benefits, or purely competition – in the safest manner possible.
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