Courtesy of WOWSA, Murmansk, Russia.

Christof Wandratsch of Germany is the 2015 world 1 km ice swimming champion.

But he was not always skilled and motivated to swim in the ice. In fact, cold water swimming was his Achilles heel.

No longer. Wandratsch talks with his long-time professional marathon swimming colleague Shelley Taylor-Smith about his transformation to become competitive and comfortable in The Ice.

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