New Year’s Day Swims Around the World

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A swimmer falls into the water after he stood on ice cubes, at subzero temperature in Shenyang, Liaoning province January 1, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Members of the Berliner Seehunde (Berlin Seals) ice swimmers club take a dip in Lake Orankesee during their traditional New Year swimming event in Berlin, January 1, 2015. The words on the helmet (L) reads “The Berlin Brandenburg international airport BER is totally unsuccessful”. (Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

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Maurizio Palmulli of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebrations in Rome January 1, 2015. Four men dived into the muddy waters of the Tiber from the Cavour bridge, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946. (Photo by Tony Gentile/Reuters)

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Marco Fois of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebrations in Rome January 1, 2015. (Photo by Tony Gentile/Reuters)

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Simone Carabella of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebrations in Rome January 1, 2015. (Photo by Tony Gentile/Reuters)

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People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year’s Day swim in Malo-les-Bains, northern France January 1, 2015. (Photo by Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

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People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year’s Day swim in Malo-les-Bains, northern France January 1, 2015. (Photo by Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

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People wearing costumes participate in a traditional New Year’s Day swim in Malo-les-Bains, northern France January 1, 2015. (Photo by Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

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Swimmers in fancy dress kiss as they participate in the New Year’s Day Loony Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

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Swimmers in fancy dress splash as they participate in the New Year’s Day Loony Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

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Swimmers in fancy dress splash as they participate in the New Year’s Day Loony Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland January 1, 2015. (Photo by Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

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Swimmers in fancy dress splash as they participate in the New Year’s Day Loony Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland January 1, 2015. (Photo by Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

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A swimmer in fancy dress rushes out of the water while participating in the New Year’s Day Loony Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

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Swimmers in fancy dress rush out of the water as they participate in the New Year’s Day Loony Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland January 1, 2015. (Photo by Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

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Swimmers in fancy dress laugh as they participate in the New Year’s Day Loony Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland January 1, 2015. (Photo by Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

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A swimmer in fancy dress rushes out of the water while participating in the New Year’s Day Loony Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

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A swimmer comes out of the water with seaweed attached to his head as he participates in the New Year’s Day Loony Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland January 1, 2015. (Photo by Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

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Swimmers in fancy dress swim with members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as they participate in the New Year’s Day Loony Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Russell Cheyne/Reuters)

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Thousands of people celebrate New Year’s Day on a beach in Durban, South Africa January 1, 2015. (Photo by Rogan Ward/Reuters)

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Thousands of people flock to celebrate New Year’s Day on Cape Town’s Muizenberg beach, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

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People enjoy the warm summer weather as they celebrate New Year’s Day in a tidal pool at Cape Town’s St James beach, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

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People enjoy the warm summer weather as they celebrate New Year’s Day in a tidal pool at Cape Town’s St James beach, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

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Swimmers with the Dolphin Club wait for the signal to jump into San Francisco Bay near Alcatraz Island during the annual New Year’s Day swim to Aquatic Park in San Francisco, California January 1, 2015. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

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Swimmers with the South End Rowing Club wait for the signal to jump into San Francisco Bay near Alcatraz Island during the annual New Year’s Day swim to Aquatic Park in San Francisco, California January 1, 2015. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

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A swimmer with the South End Rowing Club leaps into San Francisco Bay near Alcatraz Island during the annual New Year’s Day swim to Aquatic Park in San Francisco, California January 1, 2015. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

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A swimmer with the Dolphin Club leaps into San Francisco Bay near Alcatraz Island during the annual New Year’s Day swim to Aquatic Park in San Francisco, California January 1, 2015. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

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Participants take part in Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville, Canada January 1, 2015. This year’s edition of the Courage Polar Bear Dip, in which hundreds of participants ran into Lake Ontario in subfreezing temperatures, will raise money for the “Rwanda: Right to Clean Water” project. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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Participants take part in Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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A swimmer with the Dolphin Club is been tended to after he finished the annual New Year’s Day swim from a boat near Alcatraz to Aquatic Park in San Francisco, California January 1, 2015. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

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Participants take part in Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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Participants take part in Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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Participants take part in Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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Participants take part in Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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Participants take part in Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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A man dressed as Santa Claus holds a hockey stick while taking part in Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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Participants take part in Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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Participants take part in Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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Participants take part in Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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Participants take part in Courage Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)

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A woman drags her son into Lake Washington during the 13th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach Park in Seattle, Washington January 1, 2015. (Photo by David Ryder/Reuters)

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Ke Qin Yang wraps herself in a bathrobe after taking part in the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2015. The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is one of the oldest winter bathing organizations in the United States and holds a New Year’s Day plunge every year. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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Dick Shea gets dressed after taking part in the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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People take part in the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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People take part in the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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Dick Shea takes part in the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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People take part in the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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People take part in the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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People take part in the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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A woman holds a doll while taking part in the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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A man holds a U.S. flag while taking part in the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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People enter Lake Washington during the 13th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach Park in Seattle, Washington January 1, 2015. (Photo by David Ryder/Reuters)

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People enter Lake Washington during the 13th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach Park in Seattle, Washington January 1, 2015. (Photo by David Ryder/Reuters)

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People chant “U.S.A.” as they prepare to take part in the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York January 1, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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People enter Lake Washington during the 13th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach Park in Seattle, Washington January 1, 2015. (Photo by David Ryder/Reuters)

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A woman and her son leave the chilly waters of Lake Washington during the 13th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach Park in Seattle, Washington January 1, 2015. (Photo by David Ryder/Reuters)

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People enter Lake Washington during the 13th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach Park in Seattle, Washington January 1, 2015. (Photo by David Ryder/Reuters)

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A woman plugs her nose as she leaps from the government wharf into the frigid North Atlantic in the annual New Year’s Day polar bear swim in Herring Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada, on Thursday, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Vaughan/AP Photo/The Canadian Press)

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A man wearing a Batman suit and a tutu leaps from the government wharf into the frigid North Atlantic in the annual New Year’s Day polar bear swim in Herring Cove, N.S. on Thursday, January 1, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Vaughan/AP Photo/The Canadian Press)

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People run in and out of the cold Atlantic Ocean during the Sons of Ireland’s annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge on a sunny, but frigid Thursday, January 1, 2015, in Asbury Park, N.J. (Photo by Mel Evans/AP Photo)

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People run in the cold Atlantic Ocean during the Sons of Ireland’s annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge on a sunny, but frigid Thursday, January 1, 2015, in Asbury Park, N.J. (Photo by Mel Evans/AP Photo)

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People run into the cold ocean during the Sons of Ireland’s annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge on a sunny, but frigid Thursday, January 1, 2015, in Asbury Park, N.J. (Photo by Mel Evans/AP Photo)

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