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2018 China Shenyang International Citizens' Winter Swimming Invitational Tournament to be held at Qipanshan Mountain
Winter swimming amateurs to spend New Year's Day in the ice cold water
source: Shenyang Daily   2018-01-02 11:21

January 1 is National Winter Swimming Day.On the first day of 2018, winter swimming amateurs got together at Qipanshan Ice and Snow World to attend 2018 China Shenyang International Citizens' Winter Swimming Invitational Tournament.More than 200 winter swimming amateurs both at home and from abroad attended this tournament. They are from Shenyang, Dalian, Jinzhou, Anshan, Benxi, Dandong, Changchun, Changsha, Qingdao and Beijing. 6 of them are from Russia.

There are more than one thousand swimming amateurs in Shenyang. More than 300 people have registered at Shenyang Winter Swimming Association.

The young Russian Team debuts

This tournament is jointly hosted by Shenyang Sports Association and Shenyang Tourism Group.Winter swimming amateurs cut a 25m long swimming pool with 4 lanes on the surface of Xiuhu Lake.Before the tournament, the female swimmers dressed up and showed their dancing posture. Then they jumped into the ice cold water and showed their healthy and strong body winter swimming brought them.After that, some of the male players dressed up like clown, superman and weightlifter and gave diving performance.Winter swimming amateurs used their unique methods to express their love for winer swimming.

25m breaststroke and freestyle competition were carried out based on age group.The oldest one of the 2 male and 4 female Russian swimmers is 39 and the youngest one is 19.They said winter swimming is an activity which people of all ages and both genders participate in Russia.

Vice chairman of Shenyang Winter Swimming Association, Liang Yingjie, said:"There are more than one thousand winter swimming amateurs who participate in the winter swimming activities for years in Shenyang. But the average age of them is about 55. Young people barely participate in these activities." Liang Yingjie told the reporter that there are 7 winter swimming bases in Shenyang including Dingxianghu Lake, Laodong Park and Beiling Park. There are fixed groups of winter swimming players. These bases are also equipped with locker rooms and rest rooms.

85-year-old "Senior Colonel Ding" swam in winter for 20 years

Barebacked in the bitterly cold weather.The first batch of 'winter swimming talents' who gave performance yesterday were not players but the 'performing artists'. All of them are over 70 and have over 20 years of winter swimming experience.Our reporter saw our old friend 'Senior Colonel Ding' at once.

The real name of 'Senior Colonel Ding' is Ding Anmin. He was a soldier before. He attended many winter swimming and Ironman Triathlon competitions held in Shenyang and even in China. He won countless honors and was awarded the title 'Ironman Senior Colonel Ding' and 'evergreen winter swimmer'.With 20 years of winter swimming, Mr.Ding is healthy, strong, vigorous and energetic, and can see and hear well.He also imparted his winter swimming experience to the others.

Ding Anmin warns the beginners that they must do warm-up activity before entering the water. And then change into swimming suits to let the body temperature drop to adopt to the cold wind and low temperature.It's quite hard for general people. Only the ones who keep exercising winter swimming can prevent from getting cold.

'Blood vessel exercise' is the game for the brave ones.

Exercise in the coldest time of winter. Winter swimming attracts lots of brave people who want to challenge themselves with its unique sport environment and challenging forms of sports. Winter swimming is a game for the brave ones. According to experience, Liang Yingjie emphasized two key points----step by step and persistence."Winter swimming needs to be done step by step. Start to swim from autumn everyday. It's the toughest time in November every year. The temperature drops to -10 degree centigrade. People need to insist on swimming everyday during this period of time to become a winter swimming amateur. If people want to get a healthy and strong body from winter swimming, they need to persist."

After the interview, our reporter felt that the pressure of the fast-paced urban life faded away in the fulfilling life. They also became strong, full of vitality and love their life intensively.

Reporter Ding Yaoyao

Editor: zfw05