X-Waters Plateau Putorana team identified swim site at Lama lake
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X-Waters Plateau Putorana team identified swim site at Lama lake

June 24, 2021

Winter swimming record holder Natalya Vasilyeva personally had tested the conditions.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. This summer, for the first time, the X-WATERS Open Water Swimming World Championship will be held on the Putorana plateau. The X-WATERS Plateau Putorana team has identified the most suitable swimming spot on Lama lake.

The lake and the Lama-2 recreation center where a swimming camp for the participants of the competition will be located, made a huge impression on the X-WATERS team.

“The organizers of the swim, Evgeny Drozdovsky and Nikolay Kartaev, the ideological inspirer of the championship, Alexander Bazanov, and the record holder in winter swimming Natalya Vasilyeva, were imbued with the beauty of the purest lake framed by mountains without peaks, and were keenly interested in the history of the camp building – a two-story wooden house built by prisoners of the Norillag and which is a historical and architectural monument of local importance”, – said the specialists of the Norilsk Development Agency.

The X-WATERS Plateau Putorana team also surveyed the surroundings of the recreation center, identifying potential trekking routes for the participants of the swimming camp, which will open on Lama-2 from 13 to 18 July.

In addition, athletes and spectators will be able to attend lectures on cold swimming, receive training in breathing techniques and immerse themselves in the icy water of the lake under the supervision of a doctor. An extensive tourist program is also envisaged.

“The final heats are scheduled for July 17 at four distances. The swimmers will have to overcome 50 and 100 meters without wetsuits, and 1000 and 1852 meters – in ‘overalls’. Athletes will be able to swim a nautical mile (the longest of the distances) if the temperature on the surface of one of the deepest freshwater lakes in the country warms up to six degrees Celsius”, they said in the NDA.

Only 30 people will participate in X-WATERS Plateau Putorana. A team from Taimyr, consisting of ten athletes, is already formed based on the results of a special selection.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Norilsk Development Agency

June 24, 2021

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