Kevin-Polansky-Obituary

Kevin Lee Polansky

Loveland, Colorado

1950 - 2018 (Age 67)

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Kevin Lee Polansky, an American legend as a swimmer, coach, announcer and ambassador for the sport, passed away on January 6, 2018 while at a Masters swim practice at Mountain View Aquatics Center in Loveland, Colorado. Polansky was working out with the Loveland Masters Swim Club when he...

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To the Polansky family, please accept my condolences for your loss. I met Kevin in the fall of 1970 when I returned to college on the GI Bill. As I knew some of the MSC swim team I would see him periodically over the next 2 years at various social events. In 1971 I took WSI class from Don Robinson, the MSC swim coach-when it came to our final "rescue" test, Kevin was my deep water "rescue" person-I grabbed Kevin, spun him around, put my arm across his chest with his chin...

Very sorry to hear this news. Kevin recently sent me a disc of photos from the 2016 Olympic trials. We are going to give recognition to both Kevin and Mark at the Hulbert Aquatic Center for their efforts and contributions to swimming. Lance Bergstrom MD President UP Aquatics, West Fargo ND

My deepest condolences to the Family. Kevin was my coach in High School , 1983-1984. I will never forget being in the water one day and he stopped me in the middle of swimming and asked me me why I wasn't on his team? He was always trying to help every student that he could. He was one of the greatest people I had the priveledge of knowing . He will be missed by many. I'm so sorry for your loss. Blessings and prayers to the Family. Kristen D Manners, formerly Kristen D Dundas

Kevin was a great competitor and coach. I swam in masters meets with him in the 1970's and 1980's. He strived for excellence in himself and those around him. Being able to race with him always brought the best out of me and I always appreciated that. Keep on Strokin' in Heaven.

God broke the mold with Kevin. One of the truly good guys in this world

The world has lost a great coach. Kevin was my coach in 1974-1976 and turned into a good friend as my children and his grew up together. He was always upbeat, encouraging, and competitive. He had a way of bringing out the best in people, including me. I was not the best swimmer but he always made me feel challenged and he celebrated the little successes. In the summer of '76 we swam across Lake Loveland at dawn, which is no small feat. This was a life changing experience in building...

Please accept my deepest sympathies.

My heartfelt condolences for all the family and friends for the loss of an amazing man.I was a very scared young lady of the water from almost drowning as a young girl. Coach was diligent and got me through that and Now today I love to swim and I love the water. I have always had the utmost respect and thank you coach. Kevin will be sadly missed. Wishing you all Love and Peace .

The one constant about Kevin's personality - his fiercely competitive nature. Never waivered! The one constant about Kevin's passion - swimming. That too, never waivered.

Kevin & I go back to the very early 80's. Back then we trained together on occasion and competed as well. As a swimmer/coach, he would never ask others to do something he would not be able to do himself. Best memories are swimming Lake Loveland before sunrise so as not to get caught.