Police probe death during Finnish sauna contest

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7, 2010. The championships begin with preliminary rounds and end in the finals, where the best six men and women see who can sit in the sauna the longest.

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Erkko

Oulu, Finland

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Aug 8, 2010
 
Normally, you wouldn't steam a pint of water every 30 seconds in a sauna. It's not the temperature that kills you, but the inability to sweat because of the high humidity. The condensing water on your skin transfers a lot of heat to the surface. By that point, if the blood circulation to your skin isn't sufficient to carry that heat away, you suffer burns. Going into shock for example has an effect of constricting bloodflow to the extremities, which is probably what happened - the guys simply went over the limit and still refused to give up even though their bodies were failing.

Save from tolerating the pain of being in a steam boiler, it's very much a contest of who can tolerate a higher increase in body core temperature, which has the obvious effect of clouding your judgement and eventually making you delirious.

It was bound to end this way.
Sarah

Solihull, UK

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Aug 10, 2010
 
Yeah, the worst part isn't the heat, it's the steam which is rising off the hot rocks. When you put a lot of water on, it creates a lot of steam, so imagine you putting your hand over a kettle, it hurts right, imgagine that feeling over your whole body x 10, that's what these guys probably felt. I same some photos on one page of their skin literally falling off.

R.I.P http://www.divapor.com/sauna-articles/sauna-w...

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Santa Clara, CA

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