Courtesy of WOWSA, Murmansk, Russia.

Russian winter swimmer Nadezhda Dudina is from Ufa, Bashkortostan and is one of the fastest septuagenarian open water swimmers in the world. She is definitely the world’s fastest winter swimmer among those older than 70 years.

She won the 2017 – 2018 International Winter Swimming Association World Cup circuit in the 70 – 74 year age group and holds 4 age group world records in the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, 450m freestyle, 3 of which were established in 2018. She competed in every individual event at the 2018 International Winter Swimming Association World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia where she took first place in her age group in the 450m freestyle, 200m breaststroke, and 100m breaststroke, and took 2nd in the 200m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 25m butterfly, and 3rd in the 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke.

This year, she also completed her 10th consecutive Murmansk Mile (1.2 km Murmanskaja Mila) across Kola Bay over this decade in 4-8°C water and swam in