Why People Are Swimming in Freezing Water
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Forget dipping your toe in the deep end. In countries around the world, intrepid swimmers of all ages plunge into ice-cold waters for a thrill that can feel as sharp as daggers-and bragging rights that last all winter.
Welcome to the fun and frigid world of cold-water swimming. The hobby is nothing new. It's been around for centuries in chilly climes such as Russia and Finland, and people have been crossing the notoriously frosty, 21-mile-long English Channel without wet suits since at least the 1800s. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club hosted its first U.S. ocean dip in 1903. And while...
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