Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Elina Mäkinen of Finland has enjoyed a highly successful winter swimming and ice swimming career competing at the International Winter Swimming World Cup and the International Ice Swimming Association World Championships and earning medals in the Ice Kilometer races and shorter races from 50m to 100m.

In January 2017, she completed an Ice Mile in Northern Ireland in 2.03°C water temperature in 26 minutes 19 seconds. This weekend, she completed a full Ironman triathlon and became the newest Ice Ironwoman.

During her full triathlon, she faced 15°C water, rain, a thunderstorm, and a marathon run in 27°C heat over 13 hours 4 minutes.

Friend and fellow competitor Jaimie Monahan said of her recent exploit, “Elina is one of the toughest, fiercest athletes I know while always being fun, gracious and incredibly humble.”

An Ice Ironwoman is an extreme athlete who has completed both an Ice Mile and a full Ironman triathlon. It is an exclusive club that includes Conny Prasser‪ (Germany), Claire Bustin-Mulkern‪ (UK), Kellie Joyce Latimer‪ (USA), ‪Jaimie Monahan‪ (USA), Corinna Nolan (Ireland), and Mäkinen.

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