Its been a hard winter in Moscow, with temperatures lower than any recorded in a hundred years of meterological observations.
SV PULL OUT TO GV warmly-clad women walking in snow
SV PAN crow TO outdoor swimming pool clad in large cloud of steam
SV people swimming in open-pool in steamy atmosphere
CU TILT DOWN iced-up clock TO people buying entry tickets, warmly clad
SV two people swimming near ice-encrusted hand-rails, while snow falls
CU snow-covered clock, PULL OUT TO snow-covered stairway
SV boy swimming, PULL OUT TO GV people swimming near ice-encrusted railings
SV boy floating on back in water, PAN TO ice covered diving boards
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Background: Its been a hard winter in Moscow, with temperatures lower than any recorded in a hundred years of meterological observations. Mercury thermometers have frozen. But some hardy Muscovites have found away of enjoying some gentle exercise int he frozen out-doors.
SYNOPSIS: The citizens of Moscow find it sensible to dress warmly against the freezing temperatures. The air temperature measured by special low-reading thermometers this winter has approached 45 degrees centigrade below freezing (-49 Fahrenheit). But some fresh-air enthusiasts enjoy stripping to their swimming trunks and plunging into the Moscow Swimming Pool. Its the largest open-air pool in Europe. Where up to 1,700 bathers may bask at once. The ticket collectors do brisk business through the winter months.
Ice on the hand-rails and falling snow encourage the swimmers to stay where the water temperature is maintained at 27 degrees centigrade (80 degrees Fahrenheit).
Young and old enjoy emulating polar bears but no-one seemed prepared to try the high board.