Swimmer is seen on a beach covered by snow in Nice, southeastern France, December 19, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


A swimmer jumps into the icy waters of a river on a snowy winter day in Taiyuan, Shanxi province December 7, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer


A winter swimmer swims in icy water at a park in Shenyang, Liaoning province, December 8, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Sheng Li


Members of a local winter swimmers' club frolic on the bank of the Yenisey River, with the air temperature at around -17 degrees Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit), during the opening of winter bathing season in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk November 7, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin


A man prepares to dive into the icy water of a lake in Minsk, December 20, 2009. Belarussian ice swimmers, known as walruses, believe that their hobby helps to build up resistance to many illnesses and is crucial for surviving the long winter. Credit: REUTERS/Vladimir Nikolsky


Participants walk into the sea during the 65th Christmas swim in Nice, southeastern France December 20, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


A man swims in a lake amid snowfall at a park in Jinan, Shandong province November 12, 2009. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer