Nina Pushkareva from the Russian city of Chelyabinsk takes traditional winter swimming to a different level, playing chess in freezing water defying biting temperatures, as footage from Saturday shows.
Every week she spends about 20 minutes in the ice hole playing chess with other winter swimmers. According to Pushkareva, she has to change partners during the game very often, because “not all of them can play for a long time in the icy water.”
The 68-year-old daredevil said she had not been ill for 24 years, giving credit to the icy water for that and adding: “ice hole is my vaccination.”
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