These Ice Swimmers Battle Frozen Death with Every Stroke

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High in the mountains of southern Africa, 15 swimmers compete in one of the most extreme—and chilling—races on earth.

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With no wet suits or protection, they swim one kilometer in water that is cold enough to kill them.For these athletes, it’s not just a battle to the finish, every stroke is a battle to stay alive.

The International Ice Swimming Association is set out to keep world records with its vision to include Swimming as a category in the Winter Olympic Games and make it globally recognised sport.

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The International Ice Swimming Association  was formed in 2009 by Ram Barkai together with his swimming mates (Andrew Chin, Toks Viviers, Ryan Stramrood and Kieron Palframan)with a vision to formalise swimming in icy water.