A Finnish cross-country skier who has been pictured several times training in his underpants suffered a frozen penis during the Winter Olympics 50km race which took place in -17 degrees Celsius conditions over the weekend.
Remi Lindholm, 24, was forced to use a heat pack at the end of the race to thaw out his genitals after spending just under an hour and 16 minutes traversing the course in Zhangjiakou in howling, freezing winds.
‘You can guess which body part was a little bit frozen when I finished,’ he told Finnish media. ‘It was one of the worst competitions I’ve been in. It was just about battling through… when the body parts started to warm up after the finish, the pain was unbearable.’
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It is the second time Lindholm, who has been pictured training in several unsuitable outfits including a shorts and t-shirt combination, has suffered the painful injury while racing following a similar incident in Ruka, Finland, last year.
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The thin suits and under-layers worn by racers, as well as plasters that cover their faces and ears, offer little protection from the harsh conditions but competitive cross-country skiers usually manage to keep warm by generating body heat as they race.
Such -17 degree conditions can cause hypothermia and lower the body’s temperature to a level that can cause vital organs, including the heart, and nervous system to enter a state of shock potentially leading to a heart attack or lung failure.Read Also:15-year-old Russian Star, Kamila Valieva Misses Out On Medals After Falling In Figure Skating Routine
It was not immediately clear if any other skiers suffered similar injuries during Saturday’s race, which was Saturday’s race was delayed and then shortened by 20km – from 50km to 30m – by organisers following concerns over frostbite.
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