Russian Broils Alive: Extremely Graphic End to Sauna Championships

08.10.10 Marina Galperina

Apparently, there’s something called the Sauna World Championships in Heinola, Finland, though probably not for long, seeing how one of the “sportsmen” died competing when he literally broiled himself alive. WARNING: Graphic photos below.

The finalists – a Russian and a Fin were sitting in a constantly steamed, 110 degree sauna. Neither would give up. The middle-aged competitors had to be forcefully dragged out of the sauna and taken to the hospital for severe burns. The Russian keeled over dead and peeling. The Finnish competitor is in critical condition.

The championship’s rep says “All rules were followed.” Perhaps, it’s time to change the rules?

Photos: SARI GUSTAFSSON/AFP/Getty Images