Freezing weather conditions have hit Moscow, but that hasn't deterred these intrepid Russians. Known as the ice swimmers, they welcome the bitterly cold temperatures, which freeze the city's lakes and rivers. This year, the swimming club is celebrating its 50th anniversary. They call themselves the walruses. This man has been doing it for fourteen years. "The water is great. It's very pleasant. It makes me happy", he says.
While temperatures above the ice vary, the water is always around two degrees Celsius. Not exactly warm, but according to the swimmers, the plunge has a warming, rather than a chilling effect on their bodies. "It's like a charger XXX XXXfor me", saysinsists this man. "The energy I get from this lasts the whole week." This swimmer says that regular icy dip improves your health and helps ward off flus and colds. Medics, though, are more cautious, insisting you need to be in good phisical shape and should consult a doctor before taking any icy plunges. （XXXのところが聞き取れませんでした。分かったら教えてください）
冒頭で、weather が（場所を） hit するという言い方をしています。寒波や熱波、嵐などの天候が「襲う」や「やってくる」は、こんな風に、hit と言う場合があります。われわれ日本人は「襲う」という言葉の影響で、ときどき attack を使いたくなりますが、英語ではそうは言いません。