Qing Li (USA) – World Open Water Swimming Association

Qing Li of the USA became an Iron Icewoman in the fastest time imaginable. She completed a full Ironman Triathlon and an IISA-ratified Ice Mile within 29 days, faster than any man or woman in history.


The prolific marathon and channel swimmer set off on a new challenge in 2021: to complete an Ice Mile and full Ironman Triathlon within a month. She achieved her goal in completing the most extreme open water swim in 4.13°C water in Chicago in December as well as the long, hot, humid 226 km swim-bike-run triathlon challenge in Panama City Beach, Florida finishing in 14 hours 46 minutes 33 seconds.

Why she was nominated

For being so resilient and adaptable to extreme heat and extreme cold in such a short period and for setting an unfathomable Iron Icewoman goal and achieving them with a bright smile and steadfast determination.




Performance of the Year


Qing Li

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