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The Appeal of Ice Swimming: 'It Feels So Good'

Mar 30, 2015 | 563 videos
Video by Samuel Lieberman

Capri Djatiasmoro, a 63-year-old ice swimmer, knows what she's doing when she steps into nearly frozen water. "It's cold," she tells Samuel Lieberman, a filmmaker who profiled her during the International Winter Swimming Championship. "Every time I get in, it's cold."

The competition, in its first year, is far from a typical polar bear plunge. First, park rangers had to cut 25-meter racing lanes out of three-foot-thick ice on Vermont's Lake Memphremagog. The competitors swam laps in those frigid channels, while spectators and emergency responders watched from the sidelines, bundled from head to toe.  "It's an addiction," Djatiasmoro says. "It feels so good."

Previously, Lieberman reported on "the underground squirrel doctor of New York City" for Vice.

Author: Chris Heller

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