These Siberian swimmers are obsessed with plunging their bodies into freezing cold water


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Natalia Usachyova, and her daughter Nastya walk out after swimming in the icy waters of the Yenisei River.

"The moment of immersion is a sensation of delight. Afterwards there's a rush of energy and my entire body feels relaxed," Mikhail Sashko said to Reuters earlier this year, describing what it's like to plunge into freezing-cold waters.


Sashko is the chairman of the Cryophile club, a cold-water swimming club located in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. There, the air can easily be -22 degrees Fahrenheit, but for these fanatics, that's just the right temperature for swimming.

Though it may seem like a wild idea to go swimming in these conditions, there are more than 300 Cryophile club members who routinely indulge in this practice.

See how much they enjoy their favorite pastime, below.