Ice Doc Practices In The Extreme

Courtesy of WOWSA, Saint-André-de-l’Eure, France.

When he was a young intern, Dr. Alexandre Fuzeau cycled all over the world.

His thirst for adventure and the extreme continues in his 50’s despite his schedule as a general practitioner. This year in August, he set a Guinness World Record for his dual ice swimming and triathlon efforts.

Known as the Ice Doc, he completed an Ice Mile in Volendam, Netherlands in 36 minutes 27 seconds in 4.97°C water in January.

He also has completed 11 Ice Kilometers to date and competed in a variety of winter swimming events.

Ice Swimming Career:
* March 2015: Ice Kilometer at inaugural International Ice Swimming Championship in Lake Semenovskoe in Murmansk, Russia in 0.8ºC water in 24:16:00
* He competed in the 2016 Winter World Swimming Championships in Tyumen, Russia
* January 2016: Ice Kilometer in the Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany in 23:11:00 in 3.90°C water
* February 2016: Ice Kilometer at the IISA Great Britain 1K Championships in Andark Lake in 22:28 in 5.0°C water
* December 2016: Ice Kilometer at the ICE Cup (D+A) in Vienna, Austria in 22:41.20 in 4.30°C water
* January 2017: Ice Kilometer at the 2nd Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere Championships in Burghausen, Germany in 21:18:11 in 3.40°C water
* December 2017: Ice Kilometer at the Amstel Ice Swim in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 24:25:70 in 4.50°C water
* January 2018: Ice Kilometer at the Ice Swimming German Open in Veitsbronn, Germany in 20:25:70 in 3.80°C water
* January 2018: 50m butterfly, 500m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, 200m breaststroke at the 2018 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open in Wöhrsee, Burghausen, Germany
* March 2018: Ice Kilometer at Hallstättersee Ice Swimming Championships in Obertraun, Austria in 21:24:04 in 3.60°C water
* Ice Kilometer at the 2018 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open in Wöhrsee, Burghausen, Germany
* January 2019: Ice Kilometer at Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere Championships in Veitsbronn, Germany in 22:47:00 in 1.40°C water
* January 2019: Ice Mile in Volendam, Netherlands in 36 minutes 27 seconds in 4.97°C water
* February 2019: Ice Kilometer, 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke at the French Open Championships in Vichy, France in 19:51:66 in 4.80°C water while serving as the referee and event director
* March 2019: Ice Kilometer at the 3rd International Ice Swimming Association World Championship held in Murmansk, Russia in 21:38:95 in 0.00°C water
* August 2019: Iron Iceman, the first person to complete an Ice Mile and an Ironman Triathlon (14 hours 48 minutes in Hamburg, Germany) within one calendar year, a Guinness World Record

The Ice Doc holds 26 national French records in all winter and ice swimming distances, including 3 successive records in the Ice Kilometer from 2015 to 2016, and 4 world records, including in the 200m backstroke.

But his efforts at the 2018 Ice Cup Aquasphere was beyond incredible. He was the only swimmer to compete in every distance swimming up to 2,000 meters in a day where he was awarded a point total of 1207 points ahead of Christof Wandratsch who finished second with 1186 points and third-place finisher Stefan Runge.

His focus in now on medical care with several studies and articles published in both French and English about safety and recovery in ice swimming. And he is not stopping. In 2020, he will serve as the medical officer of the 2nd Ice Swimming French Championship.

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