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Lanier swimmers get a bracing start to the new year
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Linden Martin, 10, wastes no time getting out of the water Thursday morning after participating in the 18th annual Polar Bear Plunge at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

In an organized fashion, groups of brave swimmers jumped one after another into the 50-degree waters of Lake Lanier late Thursday morning.

The 18th annual Polar Bear Plunge at the Olympic venue offered mild weather above ground, but swimmers wasted little time getting out of the water and getting wrapped up in a towel.

Following the plunge, swimmers could warm up with a bowl of chili or hot chocolate inside the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club.

The event supports the club’s Olympic legacy program, which helps train paddlers for a chance to compete in summer Olympics.