Olympian Will Swim Around Iceland After They Beat France On Sunday - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Olympian Will Swim Around Iceland After They Beat France On Sunday

Published June 30, 2016

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Art Bicnick

An Olympic swimming champion has pledged to swim the circumference of Iceland after the country beats France at the Euros this Sunday.

The Guardian reports that Yannick Agnel, the 200m freestyle swimming Olympic champion, has announced his intent on Twitter.


“If the Icelanders win the Euro, I will swim a tour of Iceland #ANGISL”

However well-meaning the offer is, swimming the frigid North Atlantic waters around Iceland is far from the sort of conditions one finds in an Olympic pool. As such, Agnel has been duly warned by none other than Iceland’s co-coach Heimir Hallgrímsson.

“I wouldn’t recommend it, but that is possible, although he’ll have to pick the right weather,” he told reporters.

Should he go through with it, Agnel will have his work cut out for him: temperatures in the ocean around Iceland are decidedly frigid this time of year, and sneaker waves are numerous along the south coast. In all, the journey would cover over 2,000 km.

Whether or not Agnel will stand by his word when Iceland defeats France on Sunday remains to be seen.

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