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Divers compete in ice hockey world championship... underwater

By RobotGod     Feb 25, 2007 in Sports
The lake of Weissensee in southern Austria hosted an unusual sporting event this weekend, with divers taking part in the first-ever ice-hockey world championship -- underwater ice-hockey, that is.
Eight international teams from Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, competed under 30 centimetres (12 inches) of ice in 2-degree Celsius (35 degrees Fahrenheit) water and without oxygen tanks.
The players wore wetsuits,flippers and masks, while they chased a styrofoam puck around the rink. The rink was six metres wide and eight metres long. They had to come up for air every 30 seconds! Each game had three periods and each period was 10 minutes, with a 10 minute break between periods.
These people are serious about their hockey. That is one cold sport. I could never do that. I wonder if this will catch on. Not much for the fans to see I suppose.
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