29 Things I Learned At The World Naked Sledding Championships
This is a little NSFW obviously.
1. The World Naked Sledding Championships are now in their fifth year.
3. However, this year, there wasn't enough snow in Braunlage to host the championships, so they were held in Cochstedt - about an hour's drive away.
7. Here is the official parking sign for the event.
9. The crowd was pretty diverse - with quite a few children in attendance.
10. The contest began with the entrants parading. There were 44 competitors - from countries like the UK, Nigeria, the Netherlands and Germany.
11. The slope was 89.0 metres high - inspired by the frequency of the radio station that hosts the competition.
12. Contestants are allowed to wear: boots, gloves, and a some tight white pants.
13. Though the event is held on the same timeframe as the Winter Olympics, there is no intended overlap.
14. The reasons for entering were varied.
16. There were three heats, and the fastest down won. The rules appeared to be flexible, however.
Sometimes it was the first person over the red line who won, other times it was the first person to reach the end of the slope.
17. Backstage, tactics involved "humping" the sled to build momentum.
18. The consensus seemed that the left lane was the quickest.
19. Native German speakers had quite an advantage.
20. There was an atmosphere of friendly rivalry.
21. Unsurprisingly, Naked Sledding is not the most elegant sporting pursuit.
22. The ramp was a cruel mistress.
23. There was a lot of falling.
24. Even the supporting acts found the snow hard to navigate.
25. However, the most successful sledgers approached the slope backward.
26. This woman in the pink gloves was the eventual ladies winner. Look at that grace.
The flights and accommodation for this trip were paid for by Chilli Sauce, who were sponsoring the British entrants.
Correction: An earlier version of this article identified Melanie Müller as a former Naked Sledding Champion, the former winner was actually Mia Magma.