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FOTO: Así quedaron las manos de un campeón de remo luego de una expedición por el Ártico

La travesía de 1.000 kilómetros se inició el mes pasado y ha permitido batir 11 récords mundiales.

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FOTO: Así quedaron las manos de un campeón de remo luego de una expedición por el Ártico
3 de septiembre de 2017 - 14:36

El doble campeón olímpico y cinco veces campeón del mundo de remo inglés Alex Gregory publicó en su cuenta de Instagram una impactante foto de sus manos luego de una larga expedición en bote por el océano Glacial Ártico.

En la imagen se aprecia el estado de las manos del deportista británico “luego de pasar tanto tiempo dentro de guantes húmedos” y de soportar las inclemencias del clima polar. “Las ampollas no fueron un gran problema” agrega Gregory, “pero la humedad ha permeado completamente la piel“.

“Todo alrededor es gris. Pareciera que no avanzamos apenas, nada cambia. Nunca he tenido tanto frío durante tanto tiempo”, escribió el británico en una publicación anterior. El deportista relató cómo la humedad y el frío “se calaban a sus huesos” y comparó esa sensación con “agujas y alfileres en cada uno de sus dedos“. Sus botas “se llenaban de agua helada” con cada ola que golpeaba la embarcación de costado.

Polar Row Update- My personal take… 1/3 Well, for me now my Polar rowing expedition is coming to a close. Since landing here on the truly incredible Island of Jan Mayen I have decided not to continue the journey to Iceland. This decision has been both an easy one to make and an incredibly difficult one. That sounds like a ridiculous comment but let me explain… We started this project with the aim of rowing from Tromsõ to Iceland, a two legged journey via Svalbard across largely un-rowed Arctic waters. My expedition began in Svalbard where before leaving land we decided to head North to try to touch the edge of the sea ice. Four days and nights of rowing took us to this most incredible environment, sea ice groaning and grating over the frigid sea. An impenetrable mass of white and blue floating on dark icy water as far as the eye can see. I felt in awe of the sight, privileged to have been given the opportunity to work our way there through our own means. A proud moment for our crew. Heading South West we rowed hard for days and nights on a 90 minute rotation throughout. I won't explain here what that was like or how that felt, I have done this in previous posts, but it was an experience I wanted, an experience I am so lucky to have been given, and an experience I will never forget. I'm so incredibly proud of what we did as a group of men out there on the sea. (As I write this I must state that everything I write here and in my other social media posts are solely my perception of events and my feelings. I am not commenting on the feelings of any of the other crew members of @thepolarrow ) Continued….

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A pesar del visible castigo que sufrieron sus manos, el remero dice estar feliz de participar en esta “asombrosa experiencia”, aunque también admite que “no puede esperar” para estar de regreso en casa. Gregory comentó que, tras acabar este desafío, iba a “apreciar muchísimo más las cosas simples de la vida“.

3/3 It's an easy decision because I want to get home to my family. My three young children need their dad, they need him to be responsible and to make the right decisions in life. They need him to be brave, adventurous, ambitious and to set them the right example, but they also need him to not take unnecessary risks. Where there's a chance, although slim, that he may not come home, the decision to stop has to be taken. The decision is simple. Some will see that as a failure, some will see that as not finishing the project, not reaching the ultimate goal, but I do not. I see this as a massive success. A success far greater in fact than I was expecting. We have done something together as a crew which is really exceptional, we have a whole load of world records and world firsts and we survived. The most important thing for me is that I now have an even greater and far deeper understanding of what my role is in the world, what I value and what I want. I've been so lucky, so so incredibly lucky to have achieved what I have here and in previous sporting endeavours, now what I want is to be with my children and give them some really cool, happy, fun and exciting life experiences and adventures. For that I need to be alive. I'm not heading out into rough Arctic waters in a rowing boat again. Yesterday it was my daughter Daisy's 4th birthday. I'm many many miles away stuck on an island. I found myself feeling extremely sad to miss her opening her presents and blowing out her four little candles. I should have been there, but it cemented my decision not to take any more serious risks. I'll be home soon Daisy. For us here now it's a waiting game. Our skipper Fiann is still trying to bring replacement rowers onto the island to replace those of us who do not wish to continue for whatever reason. As I mentioned it's tough to get people here. We support him in his decisions and project. We are all part of the Polar Row together. There is news that a boat may be coming past next week that may have space on board for us. Hopefully they will be willing to allow us to jump aboard and begin the journey home…

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El deportista se embarcó en esta hazaña como parte de un equipo de 6 remeros, quienes iniciaron esta expedición benéfica el 20 de julio pasado.

El viaje, que comenzó en el norte de Noruega, cubre cerca de 1.000 kilómetros. Durante el transcurso de este, el grupo ha logrado establecer un total de 11 récords mundiales, incluyendo la latitud más boreal alcanzada en la historia de la navegación a remo.

 

Con información de RT en español.

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