• Germany's news in English
 

Naked sled race draws 14,000

Published: 22 Feb 2010 10:06 GMT+01:00

Normally the gentle slope in front of Braunlage’s town hall is a pretty quiet place during the winter. Beginning skiers practice their first turns, parents plop their children on sleds, and pensioners take some air.

But the scene was quite different on Saturday, when thousands unexpectedly turned out for a nearly naked sledging contest sponsored by a radio station. Completely taken by surprise, authorities in the small town in Lower Saxony struggled to deal with the massive crowds.

“The traffic is huge problem for us,” complained Braunlage’s police chief Michael Huth.

But the logistical challenges didn’t keep around 30 contestants from stripping down to their panties or briefs and racing the 100-metre course on little red and black sledges. Many of the tanned racers looked more ready for the beach than the piste, as some even bared what had to be rather chilly nipple rings.

Click here for a photo gallery of the naked race.

“We had a lot of luck with the weather,” said André Gierke from the radio station 89.0 RTL. “A proper winter for naked sledging.”

The 26-year-old Christian Schmidt from Blankenburg in Saxony-Anhalt won the race, but the crowd saved much of its applause for a 70-year-old pensioner who spontaneously stripped down to sledge the hill on his own.

Related links:

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

10:50 February 22, 2010 by LMFAO
You mean topless. Not "naked".
18:36 February 22, 2010 by Frenemy
Nice!! ...yet another one of the many reasons I love living here!

(this type of awesomeness would never fly with the puritanical a-holes back CONUS)
19:29 February 22, 2010 by magdelana
Any of those Beutiful girls can e-mail me at Buckshot5505@live.com Henry
00:10 February 23, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, when I was in Germany for 3 weeks in September, I realized that most of the women there are tall and attractive.

Some of the blue-eyed, blonde-haired girls were so kind and innocent. But this is type of event is very inappropriate.

It takes away from a really good thing. And the truth is, men don't admire and respect women who "give it away".

Someone needs to inject a strong sense of morality into the German social conscious.
11:15 February 23, 2010 by dbert4
Hey Logic Guy! Yeah right, you mean the American morality of guns, beatings and bloodshed for all? And how about, we throw in some good old American financial corruption and collapse to your morality?

No thanks pal....
14:17 February 23, 2010 by Dix Handley
You've got to give it to the Germans....they're not afraid of doing anything. Kudos to the young women willing to give the fans a great show. God bless them. German women are beautiful.
23:29 February 23, 2010 by AirForceGuy
Thanks dbert4. Given our 'morality of guns, beatings and bloodshead', I'd still probably take that over a history of Hitler, the gas chambers and the crematoria....
00:19 February 24, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I certainly don't want people to think that I'm being overly critical of Germany. I say certain things becasue I care very much about Germany and it's people. And America, like every other nation, has problems regarding immoral behavior as well.

I'm both American and German. It's an intertesting position to be in. And although I currently live in the US, I do however follow what goes on in Germany very closely. Both countries would be much more prosperous if they to focus on moral psychology.
05:46 February 24, 2010 by Jim09
Lmao AirForceGuy, people like u make the states look stupid... this is an articel about a funny event and you start talking about german history and hitler... wow. some people are just.. total morons or full of hate. cheers pal
14:28 February 24, 2010 by AirForceGuy
to Jim09, I was meerly responding to dbert4's 'American-bashing'. He complains about America's 'morality', when he conviently fails to recognize Germany's very 'dark' recent moral history!
14:37 February 24, 2010 by shrijit
oh, for god sake, why cant some people accept simple fun as simple fun? really a harmless sledding race is leading to ugly sarcasm and digging graves. There was not the slightest need to drag in hitler or mussolini or america or italy in between. enjoy the fun, if you can't pl go and sulk anywhere u like or if preaching morality instead of being a genuine human is such a fav then go, join something for it istead of being a spoilsport.
16:34 February 24, 2010 by Prufrock2010
What does morality have to do with this? Stupidity maybe, but...

As an American, I assert that no American ANYWHERE has the right to lecture anyone about morality. Ever.
00:22 February 25, 2010 by TomUSA
I have to agree with shrijit. All it is... is simple fun that is all. How in the world can you compare naked women and Hilter? Seek professional help. If you don't like it don't look . Let people have their fun. We have something similar in the USA, it is called the polar bear club. are they also being immoral? Also being American, I assert that no American ANYWHERE has the right to lecture anyone about morality. Ever.
04:14 February 25, 2010 by Frenemy
@AirForceGuy:

Seriously dude, I understand your perspective, but f#ck this "sins of the father" bullsh!t...

I mean, if there are any Americans or Brits on here that wanna be morally righteous and sh!t (post-hoc), consider this a call for arguments. Seriously, I welcome it. But first I suggest you take a peak at the Geneva Convention ("jus in bello"), and then Google the agendas and exploits of individuals like Curtis LeMay and Arthur "Bomber" Harris!

(but we'll leave the survey on humane/preferred methods of mass execution (firestorm vs. Zyklon-B) for a later date....
Today's headlines
Teachers to strike nationwide from Monday
Photo: DPA

Teachers to strike nationwide from Monday

Teachers all over the country are expected to stike starting Monday, German education trade union GEW said, after negotiations with the wage commission of the federal states (TdL) failed to achieve results. READ  

EU court deals blow to US Iraq objector's hopes
Andre Shepherd at the European Court of Justice in June 2014. Photo: DPA

EU court deals blow to US Iraq objector's hopes

American soldier Andre Shepherd, who applied for asylum in Germany as a conscientious objector against the war in Iraq after going AWOL from his unit, saw a judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) go against him on Thursday. READ  

Intersex person sues clinic for unncessary op
Photo: DPA

Intersex person sues clinic for unncessary op

Intersex person Michaela Raab is suing doctors in a Nuremberg court, who she said operated on her genitals and put her through female hormone therapy without having told her she was genetically a man. READ  

Greece bailout
Greece bailout passes with massive majority
Wolfgang Schäuble addressing the Bundestag on Friday. Photo: DPA

Greece bailout passes with massive majority

UPDATE:German MPs voted 542-32 in favour of extending Greece's bailout programme on Friday. READ  

German soars into ski jump top spot
Photo: DPA

German soars into ski jump top spot

Germany is a "Weltmeister" again, this time in ski-jumping. Severin Freund's 134-metre vertical jumps, and new world distance record of nearly 136 metres, ended the nearly decade-and-a-half wait for German ski jump fans starved for gold. READ  

Muslim Council says Jewish fears 'justified'
Muslims at prayer in Frankfurt's Abubakr Mosque. Photo: DPA

Muslim Council says Jewish fears 'justified'

After the president of the Central Council of Jews warned against anti-Semitism in Muslim areas of German cities, his Muslim opposite number agreed that 'these fears are justified”. READ  

Consumer rights office slams Facebook
Photo: DPA

Consumer rights office slams Facebook

The Federation of Consumer Protection Offices (vzbv) has warned Facebook over legal breaches in its terms and conditions, saying that its claim on the homepage that “Facebook is free and always will be” is misleading. READ  

Spoof hails Varoufakis: puts 'hell' in 'Hellenica'
Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's "Minister of Awesome". Photo: DPA

Spoof hails Varoufakis: puts 'hell' in 'Hellenica'

An offering that rehabilitates the much-maligned German sense of humour is rocking the internet with a searing spoof metal tribute to Greece's formidable new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, filled with painful moments of self-mockery. READ  

This Week in History
Kafka's Metamorphosis: 100 years of perplexity
Franz Kafka. Photo: DPA

Kafka's Metamorphosis: 100 years of perplexity

100 years ago, Franz Kafka published The Metamorphosis, now seen as one of the most significant works of 20th century German literature. The Local speaks to the academic who has reinterpreted it for a modern audience. READ  

Nurse jailed for life for serial patient murders
Niels H. in court. The five murder counts against the former nurse may just be the start. Photo: DPA

Nurse jailed for life for serial patient murders

A male nurse who injected patients with overdoses of heart medication for the thrill of resuscitating them was on Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment on five counts of murder. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
Kafka: puzzling translators 100 years on
Business & Money
France or Germany: Which country really is the best country to work in?
Photo: Police
Rhineland
Student driver crashes tank into family garden.
Photo: DPA
Politics
There was a notable absence at the Anti-Semitism Commission
Sponsored Article
Tourist or lifer: what sort of expat are you?
National
How Dresden bombing still divides Germany, 70 years on
Sponsored Article
Are you an American expat? How to face FATCA
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Take a cute break with this gallery of baby animals
International
What's keeping UK expats from voting?
Photo: DPA
National
Terror alert at a new high. Should you be worried?
Gallery
The best regional foods TTIP opponents want to protect
Photo: DPA
Features
All you ever needed to know about Pegida
Photo: Shutterstock
Culture
This cosplayer did not think his plan through
National
Europe in statistics - from Spain to Sweden
Gallery
Top 12 German idioms
Culture
10 top tips for partying in Germany
Photo: DPA
Technology
What does the Chancellor see as the future of the internet?
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,454
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd