Courtesy of www.hd-production.at at the 2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany.

The surface water temperature was measured at 0.9°C with the deeper water measured at 3.7°C in the midst of air temperatures that dipped to -11°C during the 2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany.

The swimmers got in the water like the temperature was similar to a normal competition pool,” observed Steven Munatones. “Only when you looked down at the venue with ice all around, and officials chipping off ice that had formed in the freezing air, and spectators dressed warmly for winter, did you realize that this event was something very special.

The athletes smiled, they waved, and they showed genuine appreciation for the volunteers and spectators after each race.

And many of them competed in one race, hopped out, walked to a hot tub, and then got right back in for another race. Their efforts, their hardened personifications of acclimatization to the cold are hard to believe, even when they are right there in front of you.”

Athletes ranged from 26 countries in Africa (like Samantha Whelpton), North America (like Jaimie Monahan and Anna DeLozier), South America (like Victoria Mori), and all over Europe (like Ines Hahn and Elena Makïnen).

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