The Top Leaders, president of Finland Sauli Niinistö, president of Russia Vladimir Putin and Prime Ministers from Norway, Iceland and Sweden were present at the International Forum "The Arctic - the territory of dialogue" in St. Petersburg, Russia. Roman Karkachev represented also International Winter Swimming Association in the Forum.
Onega lake in Karelia for the first time hosted an international winter swimming competition, the 5th stage of the Winter Swimming World Cup, Open Championship of Russia and 1st Open Championship of Karelia. 273 winter swimmers from 12 countries gathered in Petrozavodsk city. 1001 winter swimmers/starts took part in the individual races, 612 men and 389 women. An ice pool 25 meters long with 8 lanes was prepared. Warm changing rooms were organized for swimmers, 2 tents were set up on the embankment: starting and finishing, to warm up the swimmers the organizers set up three mobile saunas.
This competition has been gathering international winter swimmers for the 3rd year. The Big Neva Cup in Saint Petersburg! 212 winter swimmers from 16 countries during 2 days competed in the Neva river in a water temperature of + 0.8°C!
On Saturday the 16th of February 2019 the 8th Open Scandinavian Winter Swimming Championships - the stage of the World Cup was held in Skellefteå city in northern Sweden. The local association Dark & Cold arranges this “cool” event, which attracts winter swimmers and journalists from around the globe.
Winter Swimming World Cup in Bled – A Great Introduction to World Championships in 2020!
This past weekend, Bled hosted the Winter Swimming World Cup where 123 participants from 22 countries competed in 16 disciplines. All together, 422 starts took place.
The participants enjoyed the Bled Winter Fairytale and swimming in Lake Bled, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.