By Wyatt Earp | July 5, 2010
I have always been a fan of the less popular sports: lacrosse, NASCAR, and cycling, to name a few. That being said, I think these all have a much bigger following than the World Wife-Carrying Championship.
Yeah, you heard me. The championships were held over the weekend, and the odds-makers were predicting a Finnish repeat. .
Finland for the second year in a row took first place at the annual Wife-Carrying World Championships held in the central Finnish town of Sonkajaervi, organisers said Saturday.
Taisto Miettinen, who was defending his champion title, raced through a 250-metre (273-yard) course with two hurdles and a pool in just over one minute four seconds, carrying Kristiina Haapanen on his back. The winners beat Estonia’s Alar Voogla and Kristi Viltrop, who also took silver last year, by 0.4 seconds.
He added the best way for a racer to carry the “wife” — in his case, a friend he has been racing with for four years — was “Estonian style”.
“That means (for the racer) to dangle her upside down over his back.”
Dangle her upside down over the back? God, I’ve locked people up for that . . . but they’re usually dangling her upside down from the roof.