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Breaking News: Michael Phelps Headlines 2023 International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Class

Twelve-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres will host the induction ceremony live on ESPN+.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will headline the 2023 introduction class of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in Fort Lauderdale. Twelve-time Olympic Medalist and Fort Lauderdale resident Dara Torres will host the 58th annual honoree induction ceremony.

“I couldn’t be more honored to be the host of this year’s induction ceremony,” Torres says. “It truly is a star-studded cast of Olympians, and I can’t wait to celebrate them. “From Phelps and his career-long coach, Bob Bowman, to Missy Franklin and Trischa Zorn – you can’t beat it!” 

Torres at the ISHOF

The induction ceremony will occur at 6 p.m. on Sept. 30 at The Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. This year’s ceremony will be broadcast live on ESPN+ for the first time. Fans interested in attending the event can purchase tickets online through The Parker Playhouse or Ticketmaster.com.

Apart from Phelps and his 28 medals (23 gold, three silver, and two bronze), the ISHOF will also induct Trischa Zorn, a Paralympian swimmer. This honor makes her the first-ever Paralympian to receive it. Zorn is the most successful athlete in the history of the Paralympic Games, with a total of 55 medals, which include 41 gold, nine silver, and five bronze. She was also inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Rounding out the list of 13 total honorees from eight countries joining Phelps and Zorn at this year’s ISHOF ceremony include:

  • Swimmers: Missy Franklin (USA), Kosuke Kitajima (Japan), Cesar Cielo (Brazil), and Kristy Coventry (Zimbabwe)
  • Diver: Wu Minxia (China) 
  • Water polo player: Heather Petri (USA)
  • Synchronized swimmer: Natalia Ischenko (Russia)
  • Open water swimmer: Stèphane Lecat (France) 
  • Coach: Bob Bowman (USA) and Chris Carver (USA) 
  • Honor Contributors: Sam Ramsamy (South Africa) 

The ISHOF is the swimming and diving capital of the world, currently undergoing a $90 million redevelopment project. The project aims to convert the facility into a state-of-the-art complex with two iconic buildings. These buildings will house a fully updated and modern display of aquatic sports history, two event spaces with 360-degree views of Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, a three-star Michelin chef restaurant, public gardens, meeting rooms and shared office spaces.

Under the leadership of Chairman of the Board, Bill Kent, the revamped ISHOF is scheduled to open in 2025, and it will be located next to the well-known Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center. The aquatic center recently underwent a $47 million renovation of its own and now has one of the highest diving platforms in the world, measuring 27 meters, and Olympic-standard pools for both competitive and public use.

For more information, visit www.ISHOF.org.

Torres photo credit: Eduardo Schneider

Phelps photo credit: Mike Lewis

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.