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[URBAN NOTE] “Ice swimming in Toronto: The freezing sport people are warming up to”

CBC News’ Laura DaSilva reports on ice swimming in Toronto. This actually might have some appeal for me.

While most people in Toronto are bundling up in parkas, trying to keep warm, others are stripping down to Speedos and jumping into Lake Ontario.

Ice swimming, also known as winter swimming, is an extreme sport gaining popularity across the GTA and around the world.

And we’re not talking quick dips. It involves distance swimming in water 5 C or colder.

Why?

“It’s invigorating,” said Hamilton-based ice swimmer Loren King. “It makes you feel alive.”

King, who also teaches political science at Wilfrid Laurier University, started diving into frigid Lake Ontario a few years ago to prepare for a swim across the English Channel. “I wanted to make sure I was prepared for the changes in temperature.”

Then he was hooked.

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Written by Randy McDonald

December 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

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