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Granny suits up for another winter

Brandon’s winter-defying granny, Kim Bright, holds an Olympic torch with her daughter in her latest YouTube video.

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Brandon’s winter-defying granny, Kim Bright, holds an Olympic torch with her daughter in her latest YouTube video.

Brandon’s winter-defying, swimsuit-wearing granny is at it again.

Kim Bright, who last year began filming short quirky videos of herself braving the Manitoba cold in a one-piece swimsuit, has posted more winter videos on YouTube.

"A lot of people last year had so many suggestions that didn’t get covered," she told the Sun.

The mercury has made its home in the basement of the thermometer for sometime now, but Bright refuses to get bitter during the bitter cold.

In one of her latest episodes, she emerges from a hole in a snowbank on Groundhog Day (a pleasant -12 C), licks a fingertip and declares six more weeks of winter before receding back into a snowbank.

On Friday (-17 C), the grandmother ran a short distance with an official Olympic torch with her daughter — a real torch she borrowed from one of the Brandon runners who ran the flame for the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010.

"Go Canada Go," she and her bikini-clad daughter yell in the off-beat salute to athletes, followed by "Fight on Manitoba!" — a tagline she yells in each video.

"We had about a 20-second rehearsal in the house and first shot, went outside, and that was it," she said.

After Bright garnered a lot of attention for chronicling her Arctic climate antics, a singer-songwriter living in Banff, Alta. wrote a song about her over a montage of all her videos from last winter, posted late last year.

"So next time winter comes around and tries to knock you flat, strip down to your Speedo and hold on to your hat," sang Heather Jordan over a ukulele.

"Look that cold right in the eye and greet it with a smile, heck we’ll do it all together and we’ll go it granny-style!"

Bright said she has a few more winter-defying showings planned, though she’s keeping tight-lipped about them.

"They’re a surprise."

Last year, Bright’s videos of herself in a swimsuit riding a snowmobile, tobogganing, riding a bike and walking her dog racked up thousands of views.

Fight on, Manitoba — Brandon’s winter-defying granny is.

» gbruce@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 10, 2014

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