Christof Wandratsch, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honor Swimmer

Video courtesy of Colin Hill with victorious Christof Wandratsch in Lane 4. Information courtesy of Ned Denison, Ice Swimming Hall of Fame.

Christof Wandratsch is serious when he swimming and organizing events, but he is smiling, always helping, always inspirational,” says Steven Munatones. “His transition from one of the world’s fastest professional marathon swimmers and top English Channel swimmer to the top of the ice swimming world in his 50’s is nothing short of remarkable.”

Wandratsch, the multiple world champion, coach, mentor and event organizer from Haiming, Germany was announced as an Honor Swimmer by the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame in its Class of 2020, selected by representatives from the world of winter swimming, ice swimming, and open water swimming including Paolo Chiarino of Italy, Ned Denison of Ireland, Elaine K Howley of the USA, Pádraig Mallon of Ireland, Leszek Naziemiec of Poland, Kieron Palframan of South Africa, Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia, and Jonty Warneken of the UK.

Ned Denison explains, “The objective of the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor leading ice and winter swimmers and contributors to the sport of cold water swimming – and Christof fits this definition. Christof is a winter swimming world champion and World Cup winner and an ice swimming world champion, and a long-time advocate of the sport..”

International Ice Swimming Association founder Ram Barkai confirmed his achievements – to date, because it is inevitable that he will continue adding to his legacy:

Certified Ice Miles:
• December 27th 2014 in Wöhrsee, Germany, 1.01 miles in 21 minutes 20 seconds in 3.47°C water, history’s fastest time as of 2014
• June 2014: Winner of the Murmansk Mile, 1.2-mile crossing Cola Bay in Murmansk, Russia

Recorded Ice Kilometer Races:
• January 11th 2015: 14 minutes 6 seconds in 4.80°C water, winner of the Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open in a new world record time
• March 20th 2015: 13 minutes 0 seconds in 0.08°C water, International Ice Swimming Association world champion in Murmansk, Russia in a new world record time
• December 19th 2015: 13 minutes 38 seconds in 4.70°C water in River Labe Ice Swimming Championships in the Czech Republic
• January 10th 2016: 12 minutes 54 seconds in 3.90°C water in Aqua Sphere Ice Swimming Championships in Germany
• January 30th 2016: 13 minutes 3 seconds in 4.50°C water in International Ice Swimming Championships in Wild Water, Ireland
• January 31st 2016: 13 minutes 18 seconds in 4.90°C water in Dutch Open Ice Swim Championships in Zwembad De Waterdam in the Netherlands
• March 25th 2016: 14 minutes 13 seconds in 4.40°C water in Styrian Panther 1k in Austria
• December 3rd 2016: 13 minutes 11.10 seconds in 3.80°C water in Ice Cup Burghausen in Germany
• December 18th 2016: 11 minutes 59.97 seconds in 4.30°C water in ICE Cup in Vienna, Austria
• January 6th 2017: 13 minutes 3.70 seconds in 3.40°C water in the 2nd Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open in Germany
• January 14th 2017: 13 minutes 3.70 seconds in 3.30°C water in Eiskönig Chiemsee in Germany, the International Ice Swimming Association World Championships age group world champion
• February 4th 2017: 15 minutes 11.31 seconds in 1.80°C water in IISA Ice Cup in Grundlsee, Austria
• January 7th 2018: 13 minutes 29 seconds in 3.80°C water in Ice Swimming German Open in Veitsbronn, Germany
• January 6th 2019: 13 minutes 22.09 seconds in 1.40°C water in Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere in Veitsbronn, Germany
• February 23rd 2019: 13 minutes 24.91 seconds in 2.80°C water in Zollhaus Open in Hermsdorf / Erzgebirge, Germany
• March 18th 2019: 12 minutes 54.46 seconds in 0.00°C water in IISA III World Championships in Murmansk, Russia

Other Cold Water Competitions:
• March 2014: Won the 450 meters at the Winter Swimming World Championships in Rovaniemi, Finland
• January – March 2015: Won 10+ International Winter Swimming Association World Cup victories from 50m to 450m freestyle
• January – March 2016: Won 15+ International Winter Swimming Association World Cup victories from 50m to 450m freestyle
• March 2016: International Winter Swimming Association age-group world champion in the 200m and 450m freestyle
• 2016: Overall International Winter Swimming Association World Cup winner for the 2015-2016 season
• January – March 2017: Won 15+ International Winter Swimming Association World Cup victories from 25m to 450m freestyle and butterfly
• January – March 2018: 20+ International Winter Swimming Association World Cup victories from 25m to 450m freestyle and butterfly
• March 2018: Overall International Winter Swimming Association 450m world champion in Tallinn, Estonia
• Three‐time age group 25m butterfly, 200m breaststroke, and 450m freestyle world champion
• International Winter Swimming Association 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle silver medalist
• International Winter Swimming Association age-group World Cup winner for the 2017-2018 season
• Overall Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open 200m freestyle winner in Veitsbronn, Germany

Wandratsch joins the following members of the Class of 2020 in the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame:

* Jackie Cobell of Great Britain, Honor Swimmer
* Fergal Somerville of Ireland, Honor Contributor – Administrator
* Kate Steels of Great Britain, Honor Swimmer
* Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria, Honor Swimmer
* Antarctic Circle Challenge of South Africa, Honor Event
* Murmansk Winter Swimming of Russia, Honor Event

The Class of 2020 joins the following swimmers and contributors from the inaugural Class of 2019:

* Honor Swimmer and Honor Contributor – Administrator Ram Barkai of South Africa
* Honor Swimmer Aleksander Brylin of Russia
* Honor Swimmer Henri Kaarma of Estonia
* Honor Swimmer Jaimie Monahan of the USA
* Honor Swimmer Lewis Pugh of Great Britain
* Honor Contributor – Administrator Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen of Finland
* Honor Event Bering Strait Relay with individuals from 23 countries
* Honor Contributor – Media Steven Muñatones of the USA

For more information, photos and detailed biographies for the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame honorees and contributors of the Class of 2019 and the Class of 2020, visit www.IceSwimmingHallOfFame.com.

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