Russia Presents the Winter Swimming World Championships 2016

Today, on the 15th of July, the International Winter Swimming Festival has started in Argentina. The event is held for the second time, and the first one was held in August 2014. During the previous festival the 60 strongest swimmers from around the world made their first swim in the lower lake of the Perito Moreno glacier, located in 88 km from the town of El Calafate.

The Tyumen Region is represented by the head of the Tyumen Winter Swimming Federation Dmitry Dragozhilov. «At the moment, Russia is actively preparing for the upcoming anniversary Championships. At the festival we will show a presentation of the 10th Winter Swimming World Championships, which will take place in Tyumen in March 2016. Our city had been fighting for the right to host the Championships in its own land for two years, and when it’s already decided, we are ready to organize this global event on the highest level», – said Dmitry Dragozhilov.

Last year the Russian delegation was represented by the 13 swimmers from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tyumen and Ulyanovsk regions, Perm and Khabarovsk. This year more the 50 of the strongest athletes from 19 countries are meeting in Buenos Aires to participate in the Winter Swimming Festival, which will take place in three stages:

1st heat: international relay from Uruguay to Argentina through the delta Rio De La Plata, 45 km (the approximate time of swim is 15-20 hours, water 6-10 ° C), is held for the first time in history;

2nd heat: the distance swimming in the icy water with a temperature of 3-6° C for 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 meters (not competition) is hosted in the province of Tucuman, where Ola Mathias (the main organizer) was born;

3rd heat: several swimming distances of 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000m (non-competition) is held in the south of Patagonia in the province of El Calafate, near the largest glacier in the world Perito Moreno, where the water temperature is only 0-2 °C. The festival is organized by the government of Argentina and the famous Argentine swimmer

Ola Mathias ( in order to promote the festival in Argentina and South America.

We welcome you on the official web site of the 10 Winter Swimming World Championships 2016 ( where the registration of participants has already been started. Follow the news of the Championships in our networks:  Facebook –, Вконтакте –, Twitter –, Instagram –


Swimming news courtesy of Winter Swimming World Championships.

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