A winter swimming club in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk gathers young and old from all walks of life. They share a love of bracing, cold water. Siberian cold.
Nastya Usachyova, 9, and her mother Natalia, 39, warm up before swimming in the Yenisei River. Nastya, whose mother is a former world champion in winter swimming, first took to the icy water when she was two.
“I feel cold at first but I overcome it,” says Nastya. “Many of my friends and their parents say it’s impossible to bathe in the winter in the Yenisei River. They don’t approve.”