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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Absoluut Malligheid (Absolute Madness) In The Open Water

There is cold and then there is freezing. The Speedo Ice Swim Africa is a freezing swim, by definition.

The Speedo Ice Swim Africa requires swimmers to complete a mile in water 5 degrees C or less.

16 extreme athletes successfully completed their ice swim in the 5 degree C water in an altitude of 1,400 meters at a dam near Sutherland, the coldest region of South Africa. The air was not much help either as it varied between 0-5 degrees during the event.

19 other hardy individuals completed the 600-meter ice swim which is a qualifier to participate in the Speedo Ice Swim sometime in the future.

The swimmers emerged from the frigid water discolored in various shades due to the extreme cold, some barely able to talk or walk before being immediately transferred to a temporary medical facility staffed by doctors and nurses.

All of the hypothermic swimmers recovered in under one hour.

Ram Barkai, founder of the Iinternational Ice Swimming Association, and his teammates who all recently swam around South America's Cape Horn, Ryan Stramrood, Andrew Chin, Toks Viviers and Kieron Palframan, participated.

"This was an incredible achievement by a group of dedicated swimmers whose mental ability has proven we all have a superhuman within us," said Ram who will be featured on Stan Lee's Superhumans TV series soon for this ability to swim in death-defying cold water temperatures.

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