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Warm beverages were welcomed by the athletes and spectators alike.
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183 teams had registered for the inaugural ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes but 150 teams from 21 nations actually showed up at the start and were served a magnificent background.
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Early on the field was still pretty tight together but that typically changes fast.
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With another swim almost over it was time to get out of the cozy 50 degree water and be welcomed by the 40 degree air degree.
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Through the woods and towards the next swim.
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Neither the spectators nor the athletes moved very fast here.
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Swedes Per Widemar and Marcus Söderström were among 49 teams who did not finish.
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The terrain was varying and interesting to navigate.
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Another swim with a beautiful background.
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A seemingly even balanced team glides through the cold water in harmony.
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No hunter in sight, but folks running in wetsuits with bright numbered bibs were everywhere.
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Orazio Spoto and Niccolò Gozzi from Italy finished 98th overall in 8:14:37.
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Swede Fredrik Ljungström and Suisse Eliane Jung may look like they are headed for a beautiful shelter but the team finished 24th in the mixed division in 7:28:14.
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All we can say here is WOW.
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Bibben Nordblom and Charlotta Nilsson from Sweden are super seasoned but were unable to finish this event.
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The Finnish mixed team of Jasmina Glad-Schreven and Thomas Schreven were up front all day and on the way to second overall. Notice also the flotation devices under the "compression socks."
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The French female squad Isabelle Hallifax and Lise Viterbo finished 5th in the women's race, but were also the last official team to finish.
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Pontus Lindberg and George Bjälkemo from Sweden came to Germany and conquered the course and the tough conditions in 4:42:02.
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Jasmina Glad-Schreven and Thomas Schreven looked completely spent when they crossed the line first in mixed and second overall.
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Diane Sadick of Switzerland and Fanny Danckwardt-Lillieström of Sweden were the female champions of ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes.