Melissa O’Reilly loves ice swimming,” recalls Dmitry Blokhin, the Deputy Chairman of the Murmansk City Sports Committee and organiser of the Murmansk Mile. “She has traveled all over Russia. She is a famous American.”

With a growing resume of ice swimming accomplishments, O’Reilly of New Jersey certainly is.

Murmansk Mile (Murmanskaja mila) is a 1.2 km ice swimming competition across Kola Bay, situated inside the Arctic City, and part of the popular Festival of Sports.

We expect over 40 ice swimmers in the event where the swimmers will face currents and 4-8ºC waters.”

Photo shows ice swimmer Melissa ‘Mo’ O’Reilly (on right), the top female finisher and sixth overall in the 2013 Murmansk Mile.

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