World Sauna Championships Death

Posted: August 11, 2010 in Nature / Human Interest
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Yes there is such a thing as the World Sauna Championship.  Want to sit in a sweat box that reaches 110 degrees celsius in a battle of who is left standing?  Well your fucking crazy/moronic.

11 years and no incident, till a few days ago.

On 7 August 2010, Russian finalist and former third-place finisher Vladimir Ladyzhensky and Finnish five-time champion Timo Kaukonen, passed out after six minutes in the sauna, both suffering from terrible burns and trauma. They were both rushed to the hospital but Ladyzhensky died en route. Kaukonen was reported to suffer from extreme burn injuries, and his condition was described as critical, but stable. Just a few minutes before the finals, Kaukonen told the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang that the saunas used for the 2010 championship were a lot more extreme than the saunas used for previous competitions. The competition was suspended and the organizer, Ossi Arvela, said that there will probably never be another sauna competition. Two days later City of Heinola noted, that there are no official decisions about the future of the event, and the decisions will be made after the incident has been examined.

Pictures but I must warn you are graphic.

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