Finland Takes Wife-Carrying Championship
Hard to believe this story got lost in the World Cup shuffle, but a couple from Finland won the 19th annual Wife-Carrying World Championship over the weekend in Helsinki, just a second ahead of their closest competitors from Great Britain. (The picture is not one of those couples...)
Thirty-six couples from around the globe competed. Ville Parviainen and Janette Oksman completed the course in 63.75 seconds.
Pretty impressive, considering Ville ran, walked through waist-deep water and cleared a hurdle, all with Janette hanging upside down on his back with her legs wrapped around his shoulders.
According to the rules, the woman has to be at least 17 and weight at least 108 pounds. She also has to be able to keep her head above water while her man’s slogging through it.
That part’s important.