Endless Pools: The Week in Swimming 12/14/16

For a longer life, swimming is one of the best exercises you can do, a large-scale Finnish study found. (CNN)

Cold water swimming may have distinct benefits, according to researchers and these UK women who love “wild swimming.” (Daily Mail)

In this excerpt from her new memoir, Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin opens up about the “panic attacks” that derailed her performance in Rio. (Time)

After earning their first swimming gold medal since 1988, the UK prepares for Tokyo 2020 with a significant funding increase for the sport. (British Swimming) In New Zealand, a poor showing in Rio has led to major funding cuts for swimming and triathlon. (Stuff)

VIDEO: Filmmaker Barry Jenkins dissects his already iconic swimming-lesson scene in Moonlight, which just scored six Golden Globe nominations. (Entertainment Weekly)

Architect Oana Stanescu is dedicating the next decade to building a plus-shaped pool in New York’s East River. (Forbes)

Redy Redfern, 58, has been swimming at the Parliament Hill Lido for 6 years. After his first cold water swim he was hooked. Over the past few years he has travelled around the UK and to Latvia and Siberia to participate in various cold water swimming competitions, in temperatures as low as 0°C.
. When asked what he enjoys about cold water swimming he replied: “It's not a thing I enjoy. It's a thing I embrace. It is a means towards an end. If I want to go places and do things that I have not done before I need to be prepared…I enjoy the bike ride home with a smile on my face and a sense of achievement.”
By the end of this season Redy aims to beat his personal record and swim a mile in water under 5°C.

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