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Henri Kaarma at the 2016 Winter World Swimming Championships, photography by Konstantin Soldatov in Tyumen, Russia

Tyumen (Russian: Тюме́н) is the largest city and the administrative center of Tyumen Oblast, Russia, located on the Tura River 1,700 kilometers (1,100 mi) east of Moscow. It also holds a prestigious extreme swimming competition annually in December, including the 2012 Russian Winter Swimming Championships and the 2013 Tyumen Open Water Swimming Cup. It was the site of the 2016 World Winter Swimming Championships that is part of the WSWC circuit where the water was near 0ºC and the air temperature was -4ºC.

Tyumen is the oldest Russian settlement in Siberia. Founded in 1586 to support Russia's eastward expansion, the city has remained one of the most important economic centers east of the Ural Mountains.

2016 Winter Swimming Championships in Tyumen

Courtesy of Colin Hill

Tyumen Open Water Swimming Cup

International Winter Swimming World Cup

The International Winter Swimming Association World Cup Series (or IWSA World Cup) is a 5-part winter swimming series held 7 November 2016 in Jelgava, Latvia, 6-7 February 2016 in Windermere, England, 13-14 February 2016 in Skellefteå, Sweden, 27 February 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia, and 8-12 March 2016 in Tyumen, Russia.

Ice Sevens

American ice swimmer Jaimie Monahan of New York completed the first documented Ice Sevens in history with the following Ice Miles:

  • 1 in Europe on 2 April 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland in 3.70°C water (3°C wind chill + 5.6°C air) in 35 minutes 0 seconds in the sea with 12 km/hr wind speed
  • 2 in Asia (Ice Zero Mile) on 18 December 2016 in Tyumen, Russia in -0.03°C water (-31°C wind chill + air) in 30:20 in an ice pool cut into a frozen lake
  • 3 in Africa on 13 February 2017 in Aguelmame Sidi Ali Lake, Morocco in 4.9°C water (-0.5°C wind chill + 3°C air) in 32:18 in a mountain lake with 14 km/hr wind speed
  • 4 within Arctic Circle on 4 March 2017 in Mikkelvik Brygge, Karlsøy, Norway in 2.37°C water (-3.5°C air) in 32:09 in the sea with 4 km/hr wind speed
  • 5 in North America on 9 March 2017 at M Street Beach, Boston, USA in 4.63°C water (6.1°C wind chill + 9°C air) in 26:16 in the sea with 20 km/hr wind speed
  • 6 in Oceania on 15 May 2017 in Tasman Lake, Aoraki Mt. Cook, New Zealand in 2.37°C water (14°C air) in 26:44 in a glacier lake
  • 7 in South America on 2 July 2017 in Ushuaia, Argentina in 4.76°C water (5.9°C air) in 29:05 in the Beagle Channel

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