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Ice fly in Antarctica!

Jaimie Monahan, 37, is an American winter swimmer and marathon swimmer from New York City, but she has swum everywhere from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle. Her recent swims include an ice mile in Russia in 0 degree Celsius water and a 42.8-mile solo swim across Lake Geneva.

Those are just two achievements that made 2016 a breathtaking year of swimming exploration by Jaimie. In recognition of her accomplishments she received the Barra Award for the Best Overall Year from the Global Marathon Swimmers Federation – an award that also recognises her passion and support of other swimmers in the community.

“Jaimie is a truly international swimmer. She’s completed a staggering variety of swims, in terms of distance, geography, and water temperature. She inspires the global community of open water swimmers through her joy and passion for the sport,” explains Evan Morrison, co-founder of the Marathon Swimmers Federation.

Alice Gartland spoke to Jaimie to find out more about the world of ultra distance and extreme ice swimming…

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Meeting our readers at events and swims over the summer, I have been struck by how you are never too old (or young) to have a swimming adventure. I hope that the inspiring stories between these covers inspire you to take on your own swimming challenges. In this issue we look at how you can improve your pacing by taking your training outside, long-term contributor Terry Laughlin writes powerfully about how he has kept swimming through his cancer treatment, we meet ultra swimming legend Jaimie Monahan and Becky Horsbrugh’s 80-year-old mum proves that it is never too late to take to the open water. Plus, a new wildlife column, nutrition, training, wild swimming and swimrun wetsuits and event reviews. It’s another bumper issue! Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor