Alisa Fatum, Dominant in the IISA World Championship, Heads to the Winter Swimming World Championships

Alisa Fatum, Dominant in the IISA World Championship, Heads to the Winter Swimming World Championships

After a dominating series of performances at the IISA 5th World Championship in Samoëns, France last week (5 gold medals in the 250m, 500m, and 1000m freestyles, and the 4x50m and 4x250m relays), German ice swimming superstar Alisa Fatum is now headed to the 2023 Winter Swimming World Championships in Lake Bled in Slovenia between January 24th and 28th.

The most highly decorated swimmer in International Ice Swimming Association World Championship history will compete against the best of the best of the winter swimming community, including Bethan Huntley, Laura Wilcox, Sara Lesting, Catharina Hoegdal, Magda Okurkova, Georgina Packer, and Yasmine Pliessnig in the final heat of the 1000m freestyle that will kickoff the Championships on January 24th.

The final heat of the men in the 1000m freestyle include Josef Köberl, Alex Rossi, Marek Svejda, Richard Nyary, Paul Bieber, Patrick Retallick, Franck Louvel, and Peter Plavec.

The venue for the Winter Swimming World Championships is at the Olympic Rowing Center Bled. The center already hosted Winter Swimming World Cup 2019 and Winter Swimming World Championships 2020 – where another German Julia Wittig won the 1000m freestyle [see below].

Elina Mäkinen holds the fastest 1000m freestyle time in the International Winter Swimming Association in 14 minutes 58 seconds. While the Winter Swimming World Championships 1000m freestyle is an open water course and Fatum’s fastest 1000m ice swimming time in a 25m enclosed pool is 12 minutes 46 seconds, it is a very good bet that she will set a new IWSA world standard next week.

Christof Wandratsch of Germany currently holds the men’s record in the 1000m freestyle in 12 minutes 42 seconds set in 2016.

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Steven Munatones