Tag: ice swimmer

How An Average Joe Gets On Television

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. "If I can achieve the impossible in the water, I can achieve great things in all aspects of my life," says Ryan Stramrood, a self-admitted Average Joe. But there is simply nothing average about this South African Joe. His lifestyle is no average; his mindset is not ordinary. He is quite simply

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Freedom Swim, A Real Mind Challenge

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. "There is nothing like a good swim to celebrate life and freedom," says Ram Barkai about the Freedom Swim last week. The Freedom Swim is an annual 7.5 km swim from Robben Island to Big Bay in Cape Town, South Africa. "However, it is never easy and never will be, that is what is so great about it. It is a

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The Welcomed Agony Of Open Water Swimming`

When we hear ice swimmers, channel swimmers, marathon swimmers and professional swimmers talk about the pain and agony of open water swimming, we ponder how unique and inspirational these athletes are. Ashley Twichell says, ...at the end of every 10 km …those last 100 meters your body, muscles, and brain are typically all screaming in pain - that feeling of

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Hoping The Water Is Cold Enough

Andrew Allum broke 6 minutes in the 456m endurance event at the inaugural Big Chill Swim Salford in England last December. Now he is ready to rip a good one next weekend. "Here's hoping the water is cold enough," are his thoughts. That is certainly a mantra usually not at the forefront of most open water swimmers. But ice swimmers are, admittedly, a

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So Cool And So Bright, Jack

Ice swimmer Jack Bright set out on a goal and achieved it this past week in Siberia. The filmmaker of Winter Swimming and a member of the Bering Strait Swim completed his personal goal of swimming 1000m in Tyumen in what he calls an ice hole in water that neared 0ºC. "It is always a good feeling when you reach a goal. It was a great event at Tyumen [with]

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Breaststroke The Hard Way

With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games coming up, the Olympic torch is being carried to the home of the 2014 Winter Olympics. It was carried over ice-cold rivers and mountains on its way to Sochi with the help of famed Russian ice swimmers Alexander Brylin and Sergey Popov. They both served as the Russian representatives on the Bering Strait

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