Courtesy of WOWSA, Volendam, Netherlands.

Philippe Fort, a 54-year-old French athlete, recently became one of the few humans in history to achieve Iron Iceman status by completing both a certified Ice Mile by the International Ice Swimming Association and a full Ironman triathlon (3 times) in Nice, France.

After completing the Ironman Nice in 2005 (in 12 hours 27 minutes), 2007 (in 11 hours 48 minutes), and 2008 (in 12 hours 42 minutes), Fort got more serious in the open water.

He participated in a number of channel relays and four Ice Kilometer races including at the 2017 and 2018 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany as well as completing an Ice Mile in Volendam, Netherlands in 4.97°C water.

His Ice Mile time was 29:38 in the 4.00°C water under the observation by Christa Hesterman and Alain Vial.

With his Ice Mile and 3 full Ironman triathlons, Fort joins the following Iron Icemen and Iron Icewomen in an exclusive crowd of athletic adventurers:

‪* Pádraig Mallon‪ (Ireland)
* Kellie Joyce Latimer‪ (USA)
‪* Jaimie Monahan‪ (USA)
* Claire Bustin-Mulkern‪ (UK)
‪* Conny Prasser‪ (Germany)
* Corinna Nolan (Ireland)
* Elina Mäkinen (Finland)
‪* Paul Fowler‪ (UK)
‪* John Dyer‪ (UK)
‪* Cerys Thomas‪ (Gibraltar)
* ‪Paolo Chiarino‪ (Italy)
‪* Stuart Hinde‪ (UK)
* Kieron Palframan (South Africa)
‪* Leszek Naziemiec‪ (Poland)
* David Coleman‪ (New Zealand)
* Donald McDonald (UK)
* Mark Hannigan (Ireland)
* Christof Wandratsch (Germany)
* Andrew Ainge (UK)
* Graeme Flitcroft (UK)
* Noel Grimes (Ireland)
* Ger Kennedy (Ireland)
* Stefan Jung (Germany)
* Uli Munz (Germany)
* Philippe Fort (France)

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