Sweat

In the Northern deep forests of Finland lives local hero Timo Kaukonen – the four times winner of the Sauna World Championships. In temperatures up to 140 degrees Centigrades, the competition has one simple rule: He who sits longest, wins.

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  • Erin

    This guy was on an episode of Stan Lee’s Superhumans!

  • Erin

    This guy was on an episode of Stan Lee’s Superhumans!

  • Erin

    This guy was on an episode of Stan Lee’s Superhumans!

  • Erin

    This guy was on an episode of Stan Lee’s Superhumans!

  • Erin

    This guy was on an episode of Stan Lee’s Superhumans!

  • ranjoe

    For those of us that see 140 degrees and think, that’d be uncomfortable… It’s 140 C. NOT 140 F.
     That’s 284 F.

    Amazing that that wouldn’t outright kill a person. A testament to how amazing our bodies bodies are.
    (Heat stroke is defined as a body temperature of greater than 40.6 °C (105.1 °F))

  • mikitsi

    And this is what happens when you try to challenge the Finns 😉

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-10904691

  • Kaapo73

    Same guy almost killed himself in a competition 7.7.2010. The other finalist (Russian) died and Mr Kaukonen suffered horrible burns. They have explained that his pain receptors had shut down in the heat and he didn’t therefore understand the state he was in.
    It is difficult to understand this is the same person: http://www.hs.fi/kuvat/iso_webkuva/horizontal/1135261108124.jpeg
    (Pic from an interview couple of months he woke up from artificial coma he was kept in order to save his life).
    He cannot go to hot sauna anymore, is still healing from injuries from skin and lungs in autumn of 2011. I wish him well, he did an extreme act and didn’t understand the risks correctly because of his competitive spirit. Now he is using that spirit to heal himself.

  • Anonymous

    Is this, like, his job?

  • Anonymous

    It’s so hot it burned his roots brown.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tracy-Phillips/572446190 Tracy Phillips

    For some strange reason, this doc. was oddly entertaining! I found myself cheering the guys on, wondering who’d be the 1st to cave & trying to imagine what being in there feels like. It doesn’t surprise me to read below of the death of a competitor & the terrible burns Kaukonen sustained. They push themselves to the very brink of human endurance. Not for the feint of heart (or asthmatics!) 

  • Anonymous

    im only 3 min in dose this guy livein his speedo?lol

  • Selina Lindell

    hahah, damn Nord 😀

  • agun

    I would not do this unless my balls were kept at a healthy temperature.

  • agun

    I would not do this unless my balls were kept at a healthy temperature.