The ICE Series: Distance in the ICE with Paul Georgescu, Hamza Bakircioglu, Krzysztof Kubiak
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The ICE Series – How Ice Swimmers Achieve the Impressive, Improbable, and Inconceivable is a WOWSA Live production. The ICE Series is a podcast and collaboration between the International Ice Swimming Association and the World Open Water Swimming Association to share information, education, and heroic activities in the global ice swimming community.
The co-hosts for The ICE Series include Ram Barkai, the founder, visionary and chairman of the International Ice Swimming Association, and Steven Munatones of the World Open Water Swimming Association.
Episode 5 of The ICE Series featured Paul Georgescu of Romania, Hamza Bakircioglu of Turkey, Krzysztof Kubiak of Poland, all of whom have swum distances longer than an Ice Mile in water lower than 5°C. They each describe swimming beyond an Ice Mile.
Georgescu is a 42-year-old ice swimmer, marathon swimmer, a former water polo player, and sports teacher from Bucharest, Romania who set a world record by swimming 3.55 km in 4.3°C water, officiated by Petar Stoychev in Complex Sportiv Snagov, Romania.
Kubiak is a 30-year-old swimmer who swam 3,750 meters in 4.3°C – 4.5°C water in Bystrzyckie Lake, Zagórze, Poland that took him 1 hour 4 minutes 30 seconds, a world record attempt for longest distance covered in an ice swimming event. He explains in the podcast that he had intended to more…but lost count of his laps.
Bakircioglu is a 48-year-old swimmer from Sonthofen, Turkey who is a member of the 24-hour Club who has completed three Ice Miles to date.
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