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Naked sledgers brave nippy temperatures
Schenkenberg slid in fifth - but will always be a winner for some. Photo: DPA

Naked sledgers brave nippy temperatures

Published: 19 Feb 2012 10:53 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Feb 2012 10:53 GMT+01:00

Around 25,000 people gathered to watch 30 naked sledgers whizz down a snowy mountain on Saturday afternoon in Germany's Harz Mountains.

The sleepy Lower Saxony town of Braunlage was transformed into the global centre of naked sledging at the weekend, with 17 men and 13 women hopping aboard sledges to throw themselves down the slopes.

Markus Schenkenberg, one of the original Calvin Klein models from the early 1990s, even graced the slopes with his presence, but only came fifth.

Braunlage is normally the haunt of those looking for peace and quiet in the mountains or taking skiing lessons - but on Saturday it was filled with naked sledging fans, who were joined by hundreds of thousands following the action via live stream on the internet.

Click here for a photo gallery of race from this and last year.

Despite the name, racers were not totally nude – competitors in the annual competition have to wear a helmet, shoes and a pair of undies. But this is not due to the nippy weather conditions – safety always comes first, organisers said.

A warm-up ladies-only round kicked off the event, which is in its fourth year, meaning onlookers got to see 25-year-old porn star Mia Magma whizzing down the 89 metre long run not once, but twice.

Click here for a photo gallery of 2010's race.

Drizzle and almost freezing temperatures failed to dampen the enthusiasm of fans who cheered the winner, a 37-year-old man from Hannover who walked away with the €1,000 prize.

Celebrations continued into the night, with live music and nudity-enthusiast Micaela Schäfer entertaining the crowd with her DJ skills.

The event, organised by radio station 89.0 RTL, has been gaining in popularity - two years ago just 14,000 people turned up to watch.

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Your comments about this article

13:55 February 22, 2012 by raandy
What a jip, this guy does not look like the picture I klicked on.
16:50 February 23, 2012 by The-ex-pat
So what it is really about is 25000 people turning up to check out 13 females that are very pleased to see them.
20:17 February 24, 2012 by scoobydube
We here in the USA have a SIMILAR event. It's called the 'POLAR BEAR' club and they go swiming in freezing lakes, rivers, and seas. NUTS TO THEM ALL, but fun and INVIGORATING .............................
07:47 February 25, 2012 by Den Maskin
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18:54 February 26, 2012 by raandy
@ Den Maskin what is offensive the word jip?? where are you from kpax.
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