ice swimming

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ice swimming (uncountable)

  1. The practice of swimming in a gap or hole in the ice of an iced-over body of water.
    • 2011, Steven Munatones, Open Water Swimming, Human Kinetics, page 8,
      The most serious cold water swimmers participate in competitive ice swimming events in bodies of water less than 41 °F (5 °C), sometimes carved out of frozen rivers or lakes and part of the International Winter Swimming Association and the International Ice Swimming Association.
    • 2015, Alexander Armstrong, Land of the Midnight Sun: My Arctic Adventures, 2016, Penguin Random House (Corgi), page 62,
      Because I am going Ice Swimming, I am meeting a club of Tromsø Ice Swimmers.
    • 2016, Harald Haarmann, Modern Finland, McFarland & Company, page 100,
      Winter swimming (or ice swimming) is not for everybody. People with a heart condition should not practice it.

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Although ice swimming and winter swimming are not, strictly speaking, synonyms, they coincide in regions where open water ices over (only) in winter.


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