Finnish cross-country skier Remi Lindholm has described the "unbearable pain" he experienced from a frozen penis during the 50km mass start event at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
With the blue-riband event being shortened to 30km due to extreme cold and winds - the reported temperature on the ground at the National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Beijing was -32 celsius - Lindholm was only on the course for just over an hour and 15 minutes.
But that was still enough time to cause him the extreme discomfort.
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Lindholm applied a heat pack to his genitals at the end of the race in a bid to resolve the issue, but that had - initially - the opposite effect.
"When the body parts started to warm up after the finish, the pain was unbearable," the 24-year-old said.
"It was one of the worst competitions I've been in. It was just about battling through."
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Remarkably, it wasn't the first time Lindholm has had this particular problem, having also experienced it during an event in Ruka, Finland in 2021.
And perhaps there does need to be a discussion around cross-country skiing's equipment, with thin skinsuits offering participants scant protection against the punishing winter elements.
Lindholm came home in 28th place in a race that saw ROC athlete Alexander Bolshunov take the gold.
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