The organisers of the men’s 50km mass start cross country skiing race at the 2022 Winter Olympics were fearful of frostbite ahead of Saturday’s race.
It was warned ahead of the race that temperatures at the Kuyangshu Nordic Center and Biathlon Center in Taizicheng would be reach as low as -16.
Combined with expected winds of up to 40mph, NBC News reported, per Sky Sports, that temperatures felt like -32C when the winds around Beijing whipped up.
And so the organisers decided to make some changes to cater the brutal temperatures as the race was shortened from 50km to 30km.
But, despite being 20km shorter, one of the athletes participating, Finland’s Remi Lindholm, still suffered a brutal injury.
The 24-year-old suffered a frozen penis.
Yes, that’s right. The race took place in such brutal temperatures that Lindholm’s genitals actually froze.
He revealed the rather unfortunate injury after the race.
Speaking to Finnish outlet IL, per Sky Sports, he said: “You can guess which body part was a little bit frozen when I finished (the men’s Olympic 50km race)… it was one of the worst competitions I’ve been in. It was just about battling through,” he said.
Lindholm treated his injury with a heat pack. He added: “When the body parts started to warm up after the finish, the pain was unbearable.”
It’s full credit to Lindholm that he actually managed to finish the rest. He crossed the line in 1:15:55.6, enough for 28th place. That was just over four minutes behind race winner, Alexander Bolshunov.
This isn’t the first time that Lindholm has suffered the injury during the race. He also suffered a similar incident in Ruka, Finland, last year.
We hope that he never has to go through such pain again.