Previously at Best Gore, we featured photos of the 2010 Sauna Championships Incident, which left a Russian contestant Vladimir Ladyzhensky dead and a Finnish champion in hospital with severe burns, and later a video of an interview with champion Timo Kaukonen. All that’s still needed is to share a video which shows actual burns on Timo Kaukonen’s body. So here it is.
It is essential to be reminded that because he was unable to defeat the raining 5 times champion, before stepping into the sauna, Vladimir Ladyzhensky cheated by taking strong painkillers and local anesthetic. Pressure was on Timo Kaukonen because he needed to prove before his country and his friends that he was still the best, so despite feeling that the extreme heat was gonna melt him soon, he simply could not step out of the sauna with one contestant still inside. Except that unlike Timo, the Russian was so doped up on pain killers and anesthetics, he didn’t know he was melting.
That Timo Kaukonen was rightfully the best in the world was proven by the fact that after such a long time in so much heat, the Russian contestant died, but Timo survived, albeit with severe skin burns. Only a true sauna champion could have survived what would have killed anyone else. Thus the champion remains as Finnish as is the sauna itself.
Video which also shows the actual burns on Timo Kaukonen’s body is below:
One more thing – we just can’t talk so much about Finland without playing some Suomi Rock, so here’s panty creamer Ghost Love Score by Nightwish with Tarja Turunen on the vocals: