Oct 8, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT
Fun fact: only two countries have ever won the World Wife Carrying Championships — Estonia (11 times) and Finland (five). What makes these nations so adept at wife carrying? My guess is their Viking roots. And now, Finland has come to the U.S. and won our version of the event, as Taisto Miettinen and Kristina Haapanen, from Helsinki, claimed first place in the North American Wife Carrying Championship on Saturday in Newry, Maine. The winners received the wife’s weight in beer and five time her weight in cash.
Miettinen and Haapanen also won the world title last month. Associated Press:
Miettinen and Haapanen enter the water hazard just moments before second place finishers Jesse Wall and Christine Arsenault of South Paris during the finals. The Finnish duo took first place with a time of 52.58 seconds.
“Against Taisto, we went in hand to hand, shoulder to shoulder and he got that big long leg in front of my stomach and I just couldn’t quite get over it,” said Wall of the first log hurdle on the course. “I got stuck there. We lost some time to him.”
My favorite official wife carrying rule: The wife to be carried may be your own, the neighbor’s, or you may have found her further afield; she must, however, be over 17 years of age.
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