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Sunday, May 1, 2016
Ice Sevens, A New Paradigm In Ice Swimming
While the Oceans Seven is a goal of channel swimmers, the Ice Sevens is another massively difficult swimming concept.
Ice swimming's equivalent of the Oceans Seven requires that a swimmer must complete seven different Ice Miles in seven different locations under standard ice swimming rules (i.e., no wetsuit and no neoprene hat) as defined by the International Ice Swimming Association.
According to Ram Barkai of the International Ice Swimming Association that is responsible for ratifying Ice Miles. "There have been 235 Ice Miles successfully completed and ratified to date. This includes 164 Ice Miles in Europe, 4 Ice Miles in Asia, 6 Ice Miles in the Polar regions, 32 Ice Miles in Africa, 27 Ice Miles in North America, 1 in South America, and 1 Ice Mile in Ocean."
"The challenge of a single Ice Mile is formidable enough," commented Steven Munatones. "The athlete must find a location, arrange a safety team including a knowledgeable Second and a medical team and escort crew, and sufficiently prepare physiologically and psychologically as well as time it right so the water temperature is under 5ºC. Now add the fact that the swimmer must do that in seven different locations around the world, including going to the Polar region, and topping it off with a Zero Ice Mile (defined as a solo mile swim performed at below 1ºC).
The fact that this Ice Sevens achievement is within the capabilities of hundreds of people around the world is mind-boggling and indicative of a new paradigm in ice swimming."
To date, there have been 8 swimmers who have achieved the Zero Ice Mile:
1. Ram Barkai at 0.00°C in Cape Town, South Africa
2. Kieron Palframan at 0.00°C in Cape Town, South Africa
3. Ryan Stramrood at -1.00°C in Cape Town, South Africa [shown above in Antarctica]
4. Toks Viviers at 0.50°C in South Africa
5. Henri Kaarma at 0.00°C in Tallinn, Estonia
6. Aleksandr Brylin at 0.30°C in Russia
7. Andrey Sychyovv at 0.30°C in Russia
8. Gavin Pike at 0.50°C in Cape Town, South Africa
Ice Seven Requirements:
o An Ice Mile performed in any location in Europe below 5ºC (41ºF)
o An Ice Mile performed in any location in Oceania below 5ºC (41ºF)
o An Ice Mile performed in any location in Asia below 5ºC (41ºF)
o An Ice Mile performed in any location in North America below 5ºC (41ºF)
o An Ice Mile performed in any location in Africa below 5ºC (41ºF)
o An Ice Mile performed in any location in South America below 5ºC (41ºF)
o An Ice Mile performed in any Polar location at 60º south or below or 70º north or above below 5ºC (41ºF)
o One of the seven Ice Miles must be a documented Zero Ice Mile performed at below 1ºC
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