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Countdown: Ice Swim World Championship 2023 in Samoëns

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

The 5th edition of the IISA World Championships will run from Jan. 12-15 in Samoëns, France, with close to 500 swimmers from 42 countries expected to compete.

Last year was the first time in my life that I attended the ice swim world championship and swam in 5 different races and won 3 gold and 2 silver medals. It was an unbelievable experience. This year I have decided to join the race again and its amazing to see all the different swimmers coming from all around the world.

I will be the only person who will represent Turkey and will swim 50m, 100m Butterfly and 100m and 250m Freestyle in 2-3 degrees of ice water.

  • Friday around 12 am : 100m Butterfly

  • Saturday: 100m Freestyle & 50m Butterfly

  • Sunday: 250m Freestyle

Live Stream on YouTube: Click here: International Ice Swimming Association TV - YouTube

The detailed programm with the exact times is here click: IISA-WC-Samoens-2023-Start-Program.pdf (

The Zurich lake was above 7 degrees so far. It was not easy to find a place to train properly in the ice water. This time I have trained a lot in Caumasee Switzerland with the Founder of Ice Swim 4 Hope - Jeannette (IceSwim4Hope - We motivated each other and had many freezing moments. I also had the chance to train in Serpentine London with further passioned ice water fans - the community DirteaTribe. The water temp. was around 3-4 degrees.

Beside that I did crossfit, running, further lake swims and pool sprint trainings. Mental training and wim hof breahting excercises complementing the physicall preparation.

During the countdown of the world championship I reflected this statement:

Success is sometimes more heavy than failing

Why? If you are a gold medal finalist there is no more steps to reach the peak. And being a gold medalist, staying at the peak is not easy. Its easier to fail, there are more steps below. How would be a life staying always at the peak? Being always number one? Winning always the gold medals? I leave the answer to you.

For me: Winning is not the ultimate goal. Its not about the destination its more about the journey.

The Journey of

  • Joy

  • Friendship

  • Hope

  • Love

  • Dedication

  • Passion

  • Self Fulfillment

  • Giving your best

  • Support & Collaboration

  • Exploring yourself

  • Unlocking potential

  • Overcoming fears

  • Believing in yourself

  • Self motivation

  • Stepping into the unknown

  • Body mind soul connection and control

So excited to join this IISA championship again with joy, focus and dedication.

You can find further details about the event here:

All races can be followed via Life Stream on Youtube:

Here you can see the overall program:

More Info about IISA:


IISA was born in 2009 and the term “ICE SWIMMING” was first coined. Ice Swimming is swimming in water temperature of 5.0C / 41.0F unassisted, with a silicon cap, pair of goggles and standard swimming costume. IISA has established a comprehensive set of safety and swimming rules together with worldwide swim records. IISA has members in 73 countries and Ice Swimmers [1km+] in 43 countries

See you in the World Championship!

Photo by: Jeannette - Ice Swim 4 Hope


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