Lifetime Achievement Award: The Late Nick Thierry

Happy times: Nick Thierry with Karin Helmstaedt [Photo: Eric Martin]

SwimVortex Awards 2013: Our 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award goes posthumously to Nick Thierry (1938 – 2012). The father of world rankings, the keeper of the score for the best part of four decades and the founder of SwimNews who passed say in October 2012, Nick Thierry’s contribution to swimming was immense

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SwimVortex Awards 2013: Our 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award goes posthumously to Nick Thierry (1938 – 2012). The father of world rankings, the keeper of the score for the best part of four decades and the founder of SwimNews who passed say in October 2012, Nick Thierry’s contribution to swimming was immense

Comments

Mike

The choice was so obvious and so RIGHT!

He is one of the unsung heroes of swimming history – without his contribution, the story of the HUMAN spirit which is contained in all those stats would have been lost forever – probably. Thanks to him, the history of sport will be able to see how truly AMAZING the human body can be in its conquest of H20!
R.I.P.

Clive Rushton

Enthusiastic though your description of Nick’s contribution is, it is almost impossible to actually reflect it in words. Ironic! I suspect very few of the swimming community realize what an immense, gargantuan contribution he made, and what a legacy he left. That is not to disparage the swimming community, but to chastise the legislators and ‘governors’ of our sport because they still do not seem to realize how important the recording of results, times, positions and rankings are. Our sport’s culture survives and thrives on the petri-dish of competition and it is measured, compared, contrasted and judged by times. My fave memory of Nick was on a pool,deck in Toronto: I sat at his table and told him he had an omission in his rankings! A significant omission. It was from the heats of a far-away meet, but I had been there and I’d personally witnessed it. He looked at me long and hard. He knew I was a student of our history and its details. He knew I revered his magazine and its statistics. He fired up his hard-drive and typed in the data. Then he looked at me again and said, chillingly, “If this is wrong, you will burn in Hell.” It was not wrong. The data is still held and appears in the historical rankings. The guy was immense.

Craig Lord

Clive: that summed up Nick’s approach to keeping the score and caught the spirit of the man. Many thanks. Craig

Karin Helmstaedt

Clive: appreciated your observations and couldn’t agree more. The ‘governors’ don’t even seem to realise that the loss of Nick, the most faithful champion of our sport, has impoverished their empire. But since when has content ever been their main concern? Here’s to a new era with swimvortex, where Nick is part of every word that’s written, every time recorded, every editorial pause. And to a new year – may it be a good one for you too.

Clive Rushton

Thank you Craig and Karin. Karin; long time no see! Imperia World Cup I think, probably 1999. Good grief!!

……. and …. have you, at last, changed the editing features in the comments section? Hee-ha!

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