Tuesday, July 10, 2018

LITHUANIAN COUPLE WINS WORLD WIFE-CARRYING CHAMPIONSHIP 2018!!!





CCG CONGRATULATIONS to LITHUANIAN Married Couple VYTAUTAS KIRKLIAUSKAS and Wife NERINGA KIRKLIAUSKIENE for outlasting 53 other couples to win the WORLD WIFE-CARRYING CHAMPIONSHIP 2018!!!

This year, the 23rd WORLD WIFE-CARRYING CHAMPIONSHIP took place in SONKAJARVI, FINLAND.h

The annual championship involves the men carrying their wives over their shoulders, and then running, wading through a slippery pool, and overcoming an obstacle course.

NEW STRAITS TIMES reports VYTAUTAS and NERINGA artete parents of two who this year defeated six-time Champion TAISTO MIETTENEN, from FINLAND.

After the race, VYTAUTAS said;
"It's my wife. She's the best."
There are qualifying competitions in other countries including the UNITED STATES, UNITED KINGDOM, SWEDEN, and ESTONIA.

Event Volunteer SANNA-MARI NUUTINEN said;
"I think because we only have three months of light we need to come up with nice stuff to do during the summertime, and we want to show everyone we have a great sense of humor."
The idea of wife-carrying as a sport was inspired by the 19th century legend of Ronkainen the Robber, who tested aspiring members of his gang by forcing them to carry sacks of grain or live pigs over a similar course.
The championship is also said to stem from an even earlier practice of wife-stealing – leading many present-day contestants to compete with someone else’s wife.
Finland, which straddles the Arctic Circle and goes through long, dark winters, is no stranger to strange sports. It has also given the world the world boot throwing, air guitar and mobile phone throwing competitions, to name just a few.


-CCG









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