Elke Ortloff, Guinness World Record Holder

Elke Ortloff, Guinness World Record Holder

Elke Ortloff, Guinness World Record Holder

Courtesy of WOWSA, Volendam, Netherlands.

Elke Ortloff of Berlin, Germany is the oldest female to complete a certified Ice Mile under International Ice Swimming Association® regulations.

Born in 1953, she swam in an Ice Mile in 32 minutes 13 seconds in 4.97°C water in a freshwater pool in Volendam, Netherlands on January 18th at the age of 65 years 264 days.

Her first experience with a formal ice swimming competition was in January 2018 at the Ice Swimming German Open in Veitsbronn when she completed her first Ice Kilometer in 19:46:60 in 3.80°C water. A year later, she returned to the same competition and slightly improved her Ice Kilometer time to 19:26:00 despite the cold 1.40°C water and 2.00°C air temperatures. In March at the International Ice Swimming Association III World Championships in Murmansk, Russia, she finished her third Ice Kilometer in 19:30:00 in the coldest temperatures she has faced yet: 0.00°C water and -6.30°C air.

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