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Tragedy Strikes Sauna World Championships

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the some-like-it-hot dept.

Idle 3

aapold writes "Tragedy has struck the Sauna World Championships in Finland, as Russian competitor Vladimir Ladyzhensky collapsed and died six minutes into the final, and reigning champ Timo Kaukonen was also hospitalized. The organizers said they used the same rules as in previous years, but also announced the event will never be held again. Rick Reilly of ESPN wrote an interesting piece on the Sauna World Championships last year, detailing his experience entering the competition and his encounter with Kaukonen, who described his training regimen of 20 sessions a day in saunas set to 284 (F) and drinking 10 liters of water a day for several days leading up to it."

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Darwin Awards? (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 4 years ago | (#33205950)

This whole thing sounds like nature taking care of the weak links. While it's sad that someone died, it's nearly unfathomable that they would engage in such a competition in the first place. 284F? Srsly?

Re:Darwin Awards? (1)

Toksyuryel (1641337) | more than 4 years ago | (#33206980)

Especially since the boiling point of water is 212F...

Re:Darwin Awards? (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 4 years ago | (#33218916)

Excessive dehydrating heat can be a real saunafabitch.

Stretching, I know.

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