Swedes sit on blocks of ice for 2 days to win pole-sitting contest
Six contestants sit on ice blocks for the annual ice pole-sitting contest in Vilhelmina, Northern Sweden, Friday Feb. 8, 2013. (AP / Annika Andersson)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, February 9, 2013 9:40AM EST
STOCKHOLM-- Six contestants have braved butt-numbing cold and boredom to win an annual ice pole-sitting contest in northern Sweden.
Two women and four men shared the $3,100 prize for remaining on 8.25-foot-tall blocks of ice during the 48-hour contest, which ended Saturday.
Competitors said the worst part of the competition was not the cold -- temperatures dipped -28 C -- but the monotony, even though they were allowed to come down for 10-minute toilet breaks every other hour.
Organizer Annica Andersson said the contest has been held annually for a dozen years, and was brought to the Swedish town of Vilhelmnina by a local resident who had participated in a similar competition in Russia.