Finnish skier Remi Lindholm has revealed the "unbearable" pain he endured at the Winter Olympics after suffering what is being reported as a "frozen penis".
With freezing winds making for chilling temperatures on Sunday, organisers delayed the start of the men's 50km mass start race by an hour.
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The course was also reduced to 30 kilometres instead of the usual 50, but competitors still suffered in the oppressive conditions.
Lindholm’s thin ski suit and under-layers couldn't keep him from succumbing to the elements, resulting in a "frozen penis" by race’s end.
"You can guess which body part was a little bit frozen when I finished,” he told Finnish media.
“It was one of the worst competitions I've been in. It was just about battling through.”
The 24-year-old said he used a heat pack to warm up the area after he finished the race in 28th place in just under an hour and 16 minutes in his first Olympic Games.
"When the body parts started to warm up after the finish, the pain was unbearable," he added.
Bizarrely enough, this not the first time Lindholm has suffered the injury.
He also said at the Ruka World Cup in November that he'd suffered a frozen “saint”.
“It was [worse this time]. Pretty unbearable pain," he said.
Uproar after men's 50km mass start shortened
The decision to shorten the 50km race didn't go down well with some competitors.
British skier Andrew Musgrave was angered by the change in conditions, saying it compromised the event.
The Scot tweeted: “They have just shortened the Olympic 50km because it’s a bit cold and windy.
"I don’t see that that will make it any warmer or less windy. What a f***ing joke!”
After the race, Mushgrave said: “I thought it was a ridiculous decision.
“If it’s warm enough to race then I don’t see why doing an hour and a quarter or 30km, compared to two hours in the 50km, makes it any better.
"It’s still the same temperature, it’s still the same wind.
“I couldn’t really do anything about that and just had to go out and make the best of it.
“I’m a little bit annoyed. 50km is meant to be the ultimate endurance race and I felt like it wasn’t quite the same.”
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