Murmansk

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Nuala Moore of Ireland]] Ice Swimming World Championships in Murmansk, Russia. Photo by Nuala Moore]]Ice Swimming World Championships in Murmansk, Russia in March 2015]]ready room at the inaugural International Ice Swimming Championships in Murmansk, Russia]]Polar Olympics]]Monika Hayes, winners of the 450m endurance swim at the 2014 International Winter Swimming Competition in Murmansk, Russia]] Arctic Circle and location of the International Winter Swimming Competition (80th International Holiday of the North or the Polar Olympics) conducted by the Department of Physical Culture and Sport of Murmansk and organised by Irina Andreeva and Blokhin Dmitry.

Murmansk is one of the world's capitals of ice swimming. It is the site of the Murmansk Mile and the Festival of Sports in June. The Murmansk Mile is a 1.2 km swim across Kola Bay in water 4-8ºC with currents with over 40 ice swimming participants that is organised by Irina Andreeva and Blokhin Dmitry. The Festival of Sports has more than 10,000 participants and spectators in 11 different kinds of sports.

Honor[edit]

Murmansk Winter Swimming is an Honor Event in the Class of 2020 of the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame.

Ice Swimming World Championships[edit]

Walrus Club[edit]

Murmansk is also the headquarters to the Walrus Club, an ice swimming and winter swimming group with over 500 active members.

International Ice Swimming Association World Championships[edit]


On 20 March 2015 in Lapland Lake Semenovskoye, Murmansk, Russia

Ice Swimming Videos[edit]









Transformation To The Ice[edit]


Shelley Taylor-Smith talks with Christof Wandratsch about his transformation to The Ice.

2015 IISA World Championships[edit]


1st International Ice Swimming Association World Championships 1 km fastest heat on 20 March 2015 in Murmansk, Russia.
Lane 1 Evgeni Rabinovich
Lane 2 Sergio Salomone
Lane 3 Craig Lenning
Lane 4 Christof Wandratsch
Lane 6 Henri Kaarma
Lane 7 Albert Sobirov
Lane 8 Eduard Khodakovsk
Behind the camera: Wyatt Song

World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns[edit]

Murmansk was selected as one of the World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2016.

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