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Sweden’s quirky sports: Ice pole sitting

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Yep, you read it right. Ice pole sitting. Or motionless ice pole dancing? Freeze tag? Hey, I saved you a spot.

This past weekend, in the Västerbotten region, better known for its cheese , (lit translation: western bottom…pun on left cheek?) the little community of Vihelmina, held its traditional Wihelmina Winter Weekend (what a clever abbreviation WWW…whoops, already taken, nevermind.)
ice pole

Poking around on the municipality’s website (with links to a live webcam!) it seems the only activity on offer for the WWW event is…watching the pole sitters.

The competition was grueling. Six started out and…all six contestants won!

To claim their 20,000kr prize they had to stay atop the block for 48 hours. With reports that youth unemployment is sky high, this might be one way to bring home some cold, hard currency.

Even the Huffington Post couldn’t leave this alone.

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