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Sauna, Solheim, cycling, and ...skiing?

If you've got the Sauna World Championships in Heinola, Finland, what else do you need? Nothing, really, but Big Shots has spanned the globe again to bring you the best sports pictures of the week. Poland hosted both an equestrian world cup and a summer ski jumping event, thankfully in separate venues. And then there's the Worthing International Birdman competition in Worthing, England, where both aeronautics and good taste are violated with equal glee. And for those of you tiring of the heat, New Zealand is hosting the Winter Games NZ on slippery slopes of southern hemisphere snow. Later this week I'll look at the 2009 IAAF Athletics World Championships in Berlin. ( 30 photos total)

It's all in the tongue, as demonstrated by (clockwise from upper left) cyclist Stake Vegard Laengen, cricketer Mahela Jayawardene, tennis player Maria Sharapova, golfer Christina Kim, fans of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, and footballer Pato.

An unidentified competitor pauses during the 5th Individual AIDA Indoor Freediving World Championship in Aarhus, Denmark August 20. (AP Photo/Polfoto, Nanna Kreutzmann) #

Robert Stieglitz (left) leans on Karoly Balzsay during a World Boxing Organisation title fight in Budapest August 22. (FERENC ISZA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Competitors wrestle during the European Sumo Championships in Renens near Lausanne August 23. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse) #

Two men compete in a traditional wrestling match in Herat, Afghanistan August 21. (REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi) #

Chase Shelton, 5, waits for the gates at Clemson's Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. to open for the team's NCAA college football Fan Appreciation Day August 23. (AP Photo/The Greenville News/Bart Boatwright) #

Mainz's Miroslav Karhan and Munich's Edson Braafheid challenge for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz and Bayern Munich in Mainz, Germany August 22. (AP Photo/Mark Keppler) #

Christina Kim (left) and Michelle Wie of the U.S. Team celebrate after defeating the European Team during the Fourball matches at the 2009 Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms August 22 in Sugar Grove, Ill. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images) #

Erwan Le Roux on Fidji de Magne Mili falls during the FEI World Cup Eventing final, cross country competition August 22 in Strzegom, Poland. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images) #

(Left to right) Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard, Los Angeles Sparks forward Tina Thompson, Mystics center Chasity Melvin and Sparks guard Noelle Quinn fight for a loose ball in the second half of a WNBA basketball game August 18 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas) #

The Los Angeles Dodgers' James Loney (left) dives past a tag from the St. Louis Cardinals' Jason LaRue to score during the seventh inning of an MLB baseball game in Los Angeles August 18. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok) #

Czech police stand guard over a group of Serbian soccer fans after clashes between fans and police in Prague's city center August 20. (REUTERS/Stringer) #

The San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval falls into the photographers' pit while pursuing a foul ball against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning of an MLB baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver August 23. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) #

Adam Malysz of Poland soars through the air in thick fog during the Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix in Zakopane, Poland August 23. (REUTERS/Peter Andrews) #

Jordan Rehrer of the US competes in the men's snowboard-slopestyle during the Winter Games NZ at The Remarkables August 23 in Queenstown, New Zealand. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) #

Barcelona's Zlatan Ibrahimovic kicks the ball during the Spanish Supercup soccer match against Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona August 23. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) #

Nate Adams flies during a motorcycle stunt event at Battersea Power station August 2 in London. (Clive Rose/Getty Images) #

Michael Goulian flies his plane during an air race in Budapest August 20. (REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/Red Bull Air Race) #

A competitor joins the Worthing International Birdman competition in Worthing, England August 23. Entrants try to fly by self-propelled means 100 meters or more from Worthing Pier to claim a £30,000 prize. (REUTERS/Luke MacGregor) #

The New York Yankees' Johnny Damon slams against the Green Monster as he misjudges a ball during the second inning of an MLB baseball game Against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston August 23. (REUTERS/Gretchen Ertl) #

Little Leaguers from Burkina Faso (left) the Ivory Coast battle August 18 in Abidjan during the Economic Community of West African States baseball tournament. (SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images) #

Chris Klebl of the US competes in the 10km LW10-12 cross country skiing event during the Winter Games NZ at the Snow Farm August 23 in Wanaka, New Zealand. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) #

Two riders fight for the ball during the game between Star Design and Hublot at the Polo Gold Cup in Gstaad, Switzerland August 22. (AP Photo/Keystone/Peter Klaunzer) #

Fans are reflected in some water on the 17th hole during the Solheim Cup golf tournament August 23 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) #

The lead group races up St. Patrick's Hill during the last stage of the Tour of Ireland cycling race in Cork August 23. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) #

Competitors ride in the night during the first 24 Heures du Mans endurance cycling race August 23 in Le Mans. (JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images) #

Two jockeys race along the beach during the traditional beach race of Sanlucar de Barrameda, near Cadiz, Spain August 17. (CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images) #

Shaolin students perform martial arts at Tagou Wushu School in Dengfeng, China August 23. About 35,000 domestic and international students attend more than 80 kung fu schools in Dengfeng, China's largest center for martial arts education. (REUTERS/Donald Chan) #

A contestant jumps during the 38th annual Dutch Championship Fierljeppen, a sort of pole-vault event over a body of water, in the Netherlands village of Jaarsveld August 22. (VALERIE KUYPERS/AFP/Getty Images) #

(Left to right) Marjaana Teperi, Hely Kytomaki, Sara Kimmi and the defending champion Leila Kulin compete in the women's quarterfinals of the Sauna World Championships in Heinola, Finland August 8. (HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images) #



Kytomaki looks like she's coasting in the SWCs! Ah ha ha ha!

... but seriously, what on Earth are the Sauna World Championships???

Posted by sc August 25, 09 01:24 PM

#1 : If you have ever been in a Finnish sauna, you will understand why its a competition :-) One day I've tried 80┬░Celsius, you can't stay 1 minute.

As usual beautiful pictures !

thanks !

Posted by origan August 27, 09 11:34 AM
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