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ice and winter swimming

Champion ice swimmer drowns in Yenisei River

Nikolay Petshak, 64, who swam from Russia to America, died in ‘accident’ in river where he carried the Olympic flame.

Petshak had been an ice swimmer for 40 years and he drowned while exercising in summer in the Yenisei River in Krasnoyarsk region, confirmed local sporting officials.

Ice Swimming: The Coolest Sport Around

Swimming is a cool summer activity, right? For many the image of paradise is being surrounded by a cloud of sunscreen while lazing by the ocean or pool before slipping into the water to escape the sweltering heat. However, competitive swimmers are very in-touch with the reality that swimming waits for no kind of weather, no matter the time of year (well, unless there’s lightning).  

WOWSA Launches Free Global Calendar

In WOWSA’s annual survey on how to best serve the open water community, 78% of the 2,140 respondents said they wanted more news and information on races and events.

In response to these results, WOWSA launched a global event calendar this week.

WOWSA Founder Steven Munatones, who has covered the sport since 1978, said,   

 “As everyone knows, the number of open water events has significantly and consistently increased year over year since the IOC approved the 10 km Olympic marathon swim in 2005.” 

Renowned ice swimmer takes a bone-chilling dip in Lake Simcoe

She has now completed 'Ice Miles' in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America

On Easter Sunday, Kate Steels-Fryatt, a renowned ice water swimmer from Hampshire, UK, swam her seventh Ice Mile in Lake Simcoe, near Beaverton.

International Ice Swimming Association’s 2019 Murmansk World Championship Event Recap

The third annual World Championships for the International Ice Swimming Association took place Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 17. This year, the event took place in Murmansk, Russia, in a 10-lane, 25-short course meter lake with air and water temperatures hovering at negative three degrees Celsius and zero degrees Celsius respectively.

Alisa Fatum Wins Ice Kilometer At World Championship

Alisa Fatum already won the 500m freestyle on the first day of competition at the International Ice Swimming Association 3rd World Championship and 1st Ice Swimming Arctic Cup in Murmansk, Russia.

Today, the 24-year-old German took it out fast in the Ice Kilometer and never looked back throughout the 1000m race as she absolutely dominated the experienced field to win her second world championship title in the 0.2°C water.

Petar Stoychev Wins Ice Kilometer At World Championship

I have covered Petar Stoychev for nearly 20 years and this was his most dominating performance in my opinion," observed Steven Munatones.

He has done many incredible swims in his life - from setting the English Channel world record to winning the Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean 11 consecutive times. He is master of all from winning the 25 km FINA World Championships in 32°C+ water in Shanghai to absolutely dominating the Ice Kilometer over a world-class field of ice swimmers today."

2019 World International Ice Swimming Championships: What it takes to prepare for a sub-zero swim

"Sometimes I get in and I think 'gosh, this feels horrible'," says champion ice swimmer Jade Perry.

This isn't just your average test of physical endurance.

Taking a dip in sub-zero temperatures is already unappealing, without the prospect of doing it in a makeshift pool carved out of a frozen lake at the height of Russian winter.

Moroccan, Chilean and South African swimmers to come to ice swimming competition in Murmansk

About 400 athletes from over 30 countries, including Morocco, Chile and South Africa, will take part in the 3rd World Championship and the 1st Arctic Cup devoted to ice swimming that will take place in Murmansk this weekend, the organizers said at a news conference on Monday.

I went swimming in water so cold the ice is broken with a propeller, and it was utterly addictive

When the temperature's well below freezing, the Finns come out to swim 

A woman stands at the top of a ladder leading into a black hole in the ice at the edge of the Baltic Sea. Her bare flesh shines in the streetlight, a contrast to the night sky. Clad in nothing more than a bikini and a woolly hat, she makes no sound as she lowers herself into the freezing water. I watch from a nearby footpath, transfixed and envious, despite Helsinki’s sub-zero evening temperatures – even in the daytime, this week, it’s rarely climbed above two degrees, with below-freezing temperatures predicted for next week.

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