Winter Swimming World Championships Returns To Lake Bled

Winter Swimming World Championships Returns To Lake Bled

After the 167 women and 211 men from Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Belarus competed in the International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA) 2022 World Winter Swimming Championships in Petrozavodsk, Karelia in March, it is hopeful that over 1,000 winter swimmers will participate in the 2023 World Winter Swimming Championships to be held in Lake Bled, Slovenia.

Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, President of the IWSA, announced, “We would like to thank our Slovenian friends from beautiful Lake Bled for stepping in to host the postponed Winter Swimming World Championship 2022. Their enthusiasm to host a bigger and better event from the WSWC they previous held is truly heartwarming and we look forward to welcoming old and new friends to the event in January 2023.” 

Lake Bled has hosted both the 2010 and 2020 World Championships and will host the 13th Winter Swimming World Championships between January 23rd and 29th.   In January, the average air temperature is 1°C and the average water temperature is 3°C. Events include 25m ice-butterfly, 25m, 50m, 100m & 200m head-up breaststroke, 25m, 50m, 100m, 200m and 450m free, breaststroke and freestyle relay.

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