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Christmas Swim in the Chilly Open Waters off Spain
The 2010 Christmas Swimming Cup in Barcelona

The 2010 Christmas Swimming Cup in Barcelona

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Some people don't wait for the New Year for their polar plunge.

These chilled-out swimmers in Irish hats are participating in an annual Christmas leap in Barcelona.

The 2010 Christmas Swimming Cup was held at the Old Harbor of Barcelona on Dec. 25 -- part of a century-old tradition.

It began in 1908, and was suspended only three times: in 1936, 1937, and 1938, because of the Spanish Civil War.

The Christmas Cup involves swimming across 200 meters of open water in Barcelona harbor.

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