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Wattolumpiade: the mud olympics

A modern Olympiad generally features the finest athletes from all over the world. This one does not. The facilities aren't too great, either. The mud olympics, or Wattolumpiad, are contested on the mudflats left by the Elbe River when the tide goes out in Brunsbuettel, Germany. About 400 competitors play soccer, volleyball, and other sports in the knee-deep muck. Good, clean fun.... ( 13 photos total)

A Wattolumpiade soccer match is played in the mud near the northern German costal town of Brunsbuettel. (ROLAND MAGUNIA/AFP/Getty Images)

A participant is covered with mud following a soccer match. (REUTERS/Christian Charisius) #

A participant takes a shot on goal during a mud olympics soccer match. (REUTERS/Christian Charisius) #

A participant flops in the mud after a soccer match. soccer(AP Photo/Heribert Proepper) #

Participants vie for the ball during a soccer match. (Krafft Angerer/Bongarts/Getty Images) #

A participant is covered with mud following a soccer match. (REUTERS/Christian Charisius) #

Participants vie for the ball during a soccer match. (ROLAND MAGUNIA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Participants pause after a soccer match. (Krafft Angerer/Bongarts/Getty Images) #

Models in evening dresses compete for the ball during a fashion show event. (REUTERS/Christian Charisius) #

A participant of the fashion show throws a ball. (Krafft Angerer/Bongarts/Getty Images) #

Participants are showered down after a match . (ROLAND MAGUNIA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A participant is hosed off after a match. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper) #

A participant is hosed off after a match. (REUTERS/Christian Charisius) #


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wow.... looks like great fun

Posted by kingjames September 4, 09 01:53 PM
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Hm. Apparently I play all boring sports. But like those little sponge capsules, just add water to make them awesome. Or grow tiny dinosaurs.

Posted by sc September 4, 09 02:52 PM
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Here's mud in your eye...

Posted by Abe M September 4, 09 04:57 PM
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Those madcap Hun...

Posted by cschoff September 5, 09 05:33 AM
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Oh, I still love those Germans.After losing two world wars, this is what they have been reduced to...." Now we sit and wait"

Posted by Wotan September 6, 09 08:18 AM
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Brings back fun muddy memories of the mud volleyball tournament I was in one year, several back. Great fun.

Posted by d September 6, 09 10:47 AM
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New Zealand just had one of these in Queenstown.

Posted by Sammy-Q September 6, 09 11:46 PM
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thats nothing, you should watch two people with baseball bats fight to the death over a crack-rock.

Posted by Marty McSnatcherson September 8, 09 12:40 AM
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this game is quite funny but i guess it waana be wow!

Posted by Byi September 9, 09 04:22 AM
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well i love that muddy water...........

Posted by shawn September 10, 09 02:49 PM
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WHO thats so cool i want to do that one day thats awsome

Posted by Haili September 11, 09 09:40 AM
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WHO! thats so cool i want to do that one day thats awsome

Posted by Haili September 11, 09 09:41 AM
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Wow! This seems so un-German. This is a country where people wash their door stoops daily and toilets have a little pedestal so you can examine your output before forwarding.

Posted by Chris FitzGerald September 12, 09 11:39 AM
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Idiocy

Posted by DintyMoore September 13, 09 03:36 AM
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