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Alfred Nikodém Memorial

Vltava river


26. 12. 2017

The 71th year of the oldest Czech winter swimming contest will be held near to the National Theatre, between Slavonic Island and Střelecký Island. The event will start at 11 a.m. on Boxing Day and will be attended by hardy men and women from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Germany.

The memorial is called after Alfred Nikodém, who was a goldsmith in Prague and a proponent of Spartan lifestyle. Winter swimming was first seen in Prague in 1923 when he and six other enthusiasts plunged into the freezing cold Vltava River watched by a crowd of stunned on-lookers.

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