Blog Post 3 (Week 6)
Wife Carrying Part 2
This discussion is a more in depth look at the topic Wife Carrying from my first blog post.
Wife Carrying is a sport that originated in the country of Finland and has since spread to various countries around the world. According to radseason.com, there are six other countries that participate in this amusing sport: “Australia, the UK, USA, India, Hong Kong, and Germany.” The Wife Carrying World Championship is held in Sonkajärvi, Finland. This has been an annual tradition since 1992.
I have run cross country for my school since the seventh grade, and I love the atmosphere at cross country meets. I can feel the excitement and adrenaline in the air before a race. Running long distances through woods, sand, mud, rocks, and hills is a difficult task to accomplish alone, so having others to run with is a great way to keep motivated during a race. Additionally, spectators cheering along the course and at the finish line is always encouraging. Usually at races, there are t-shirts for sale to commemorate the experience. My wardrobe now contains a ton of cross country t-shirts, and I love wearing them.
When I first learned about the sport of Wife Carrying, I found it very funny and wholesome. I can imagine the atmosphere at this race is similar to a cross country race. Since competitors race with their partners on their backs, I think it would make these races even more fun to participate in or spectate. I would love to be a part of this tradition at some point in my life, regardless if I am actually competing in it. Going to an event like this would be so entertaining to witness. Oftentimes, the couples will dress up in costumes, as shown in the picture below.
While there are not any symbols or artifacts from this practice, there is some fun history behind the origin of the sport. In Finland, men would court women by running to their village, picking them up, and carrying them off.
Competitors can choose between different ways to carry their partner. There is a very common and highly effective position, the Estonian style, where the wife dangles upside down on the carrier’s back. The wife could also piggyback or be carried across her partner’s shoulder.
I found this blog from Frederick, South Dakota, a very small town of only 190 people. It includes a video about the event. It seems like an awesome team building activity for couples and a fun day for the spectators, too. In this small town’s competition, the couples receive t-shirts for the event. From the Frederick, South Dakota website, “The amount of beer the winner receives is determined not by a scale but by putting beer on one end of a teeter totter and the “wife” on the other until it balances.” Here is a link to the YouTube video that is on the blog.
Blog Post 2 (Week 5)
This stand-alone blog post is about the hybrid sport of Chess Boxing.
I was searching for Chess Boxing blogs on Google, and I stumbled across this one called “Inside The Surreal World Of Chess Boxing” by Kevin Horridge. Kevin is from the UK and wrote the blog that I used for my research. I found this blog to be very informative about the sport and full of great pictures. It provides a ton of information about the rules and origins of the sport, as well as other hybrid sports.
According to this blog, Chess Boxing, a fairly new sport, has its origins in Germany and has spread throughout Europe. It is also popular in some other countries, such as Great Britain, India, and Russia. Also, since it is a hybrid sport, competitors must be highly experienced in both chess and boxing.
The blog contains a ten-minute YouTube video of the Chess Boxing World Championships. It was very interesting and entertaining to watch. After the one-minute break, both competitors were breathing hard and had blood on them from the boxing round when they sat down again to play another three minutes of chess. The winner said that his strategy was to go hard in the boxing rounds so that his competitor would make mistakes in their game of chess, and this strategy worked.
I found another related blog called “Are You Ready For Chess Boxing?” In this blog, one user called the sport “intriguing” and another user thought that the sport was satire.
Just like Wife Carrying, I had never heard of Chess Boxing before, but I also find it humorous. I really enjoy the idea of this hybrid sport. It takes brawn and brain to win a Chess Boxing competition. I don’t know how to play chess, nor can I box, so this sport is quite impressive to me. Being able to think clearly and play strategically with an elevated heart rate and a lot of adrenaline does not sound like an easy thing to do.
I have loved learning about this hybrid sport, but I have a lot of similar questions to when I first started researching Wife Carrying. How much training goes into preparing for the competition? How many people are involved in the sport? Do more people win in the chess or boxing round? How often are Chess Boxing competitions held? Are there a lot of competitions that lead up to the World Championship? What countries have adopted this sport?
To answer some of these questions, I can conduct more research through other blogs like the ones that I have already found, just as I did to expand more on my first blog.
Blog Post 1 (Week 4)
Wife Carrying Part 1
Here is the blog that I found to analyze and write a response for: “Meet Finland’s Weirdest Sport – The Wife Carrying World Championships” by Derrick for Sticky Mango Rice.
I found this blog by searching for “Wife Carrying World Championship blog” on Google, and it was the first result listed. I was drawn to it especially because of the name and the visual appeal. This blog has a pretty picture as a header and a memorable name: Sticky Mango Rice. I also notice that the blog was made with WordPress.com, just like this blog that I have created for our English 102 assignment.
This whole blog has unique and fascinating illustrations. I also like the illustration of the Wife Carrying World Championship. The sport is such a funny concept to me, and the visual portrayal of an actual race made me laugh out loud. The author and illustrator of this blog is one person named Derrick. Derrick is from Australia, and he loves to travel and write about different countries and traditions. He wrote about Wife Carrying, a Finnish sport that was very informative for me in my research about this topic.
I found another related blog about Wife Carrying: “Wife Carrying World Championship 2022: Finland’s peculiar athletic race is sure to test a relationship.”
The author of this blog described the sport as either “an outlandish trust exercise for some or exciting honeymoon,” but definitely “bizarre.”
I had never heard of Wife Carrying before, and the sport cracks me up. I run cross country and track, and I never thought that carrying someone and running at the same time could be an official competitive sport. Just the idea of having a group of guys racing with women hanging upside down on their backs is very humorous to me. When I was researching and reading about this sport, I did not think that it could get any better, but then I learned that the winner is awarded as much beer as his partner weighs. The whole sport is so comedic, and I love it.
I have loved learning about this Finnish tradition, but I have so many questions. I would be interested in hearing what racing is like from the point of view of a competitor. What do the partners do in advance to each race to get prepared for the competition. What kind of training do they go through for the big day? How often are there Wife Carrying races held? Do the courses vary much between places? What are the obstacles like, and how does carrying someone affect how the obstacles are overcome? Are there a lot of races that lead up to the World Championship? What countries have adopted this sport?
To answer some of these questions, I can conduct more research through other blogs like the ones that I have already found.
P.S. I did more research and answered some of these questions on my third blog post.