When Swimming Canada’s Ryan Cochrane and Katerine Savard jump into the water, it’s usually warm and comfortable, with protection from external elements.

In early February, Cochrane and Savard ditched their indoor comforts for an outdoor shoot in Tiny, Ontario for the Ice in our Veins promotional video ahead of Team Canada’s upcoming Rio 2016 excursion.

Here’s a look:


Anecdotally, when Cochrane showed up to the set, someone (possibly even the person writing this sentence) started a rumour that he was going to go for a full dip in the 4°C waters of Georgian Bay. Needless to say, that didn’t happen and some courageous extras stepped in to help create that shot.

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A couple of months after this shoot Cochrane and Savard took part in Swimming Canada national trials, both clinching a spot on the Olympic team.

For Cochrane, Brazil will mark his third Olympic Games, while it’ll be the second outing for Savard on a team of 27 swimmers that includes two youngsters born in the year 2000.

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Should he win another Olympic medal in either of his freestyle events, Cochrane will become the first Canadian swimmer to win an individual medal at three consecutive Games. Cochrane won bronze in the 1500-metre freestyle at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Watch Ice in our Veins in full: