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A Swimming Star In Siberia

Courtesy of Jaimie Monahan, Tyumen, Siberia.

Another week, another city. Another month, another continent.

There is no one more active or more well-traveled than Jaimie Monahan in the open water swimming world.

This week, she finds herself at the Tyumen Open Water Cup in Tyumen.

In honor of all the wonderful people gathering in Tyumen this week for the Tyumen Open Cup, a video of the last 100 meters of my 1650m Ice Zero Mile at 0ºC (32ºF) water temperature, -30ºC/-24ºF air last December. When the water is at 0ºC and it’s steaming because the air is so much colder, you know you’re in Siberia.”

Monahan joins a number of luminaries in the sport who were nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year:

1. Katherine Batts (Great Britain)
2. Dr. Caroline Block (USA)
3. Arianna Bridi (Italy)
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia)
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
6. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA)
7. Ludmila Maller (Russia)
8. Jaimie Monahan (USA)
9. Aurélie Muller (France)
10. Barbara Pozzobón (Italy)
11. Sarah Thomas (USA)
12. Julia Wittig(Germany)

Monahan’ nomination reads, “Jaimie Monahan seemed to be everywhere, doing everything, in the open water world in 2017. Her presence was ubiquitous around the globe, from cold to warm temperatures, short to long distances, calm to rough conditions. In addition to doing six major marathon swims (winning the 40 Bridges Double Manhattan Island 92 km swim with a new course record of 20 hours 12 minutes, pioneering the first recorded 64 km Lago Maggiore crossing in 24 hours 2 minutes, 40 km lac Memphrémagog, 27 km Rose Pitonof Swim, 20 km Mercer Island Marathon Swim and a 4 km Strait of Magellan crossing), the 38-year-old completed the world’s first Ice Sevens Challenge under the International Ice Swimming Association – performing Ice Miles under 5°C in Morocco, Norway, Boston, New Zealand, and Argentina in addition to being a top-ranked swimmer on the International Winter Swimming Association World Cup circuit with races in Latvia, Russia, China, and England.

For her impressive versatility in competing in ice swims and warm-water marathons around the world, for balancing a full-time job with a non-stop globetrotting swimming itinerary, and for her efforts as a charismatic ambassador for open water swimming is solid.

To register and vote on the WOWSA Awards and the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year here.

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