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Hot record on the snowy slopes of Sochi: Mass bikini skiing

What could be better for a bikini show than a snowy mountainside? Russia has been proving that for several years already, making another world record attempt this year.
By Maria Azhnina, Anastasiya Karagodina, RBTH
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The 2016 downhill event at Sheregesh, a popular Siberian ski resort, has even made it into the Guinness World Records as the largest swimwear parade on skis. This year the Olympic capital of Sochi hosted the “Boogel Woogel” Alpine carnival on March 30 - April 2. Not only was the colorful event full of fun and vibrant energy: daring skiers and snowboarders tried to set a new world record for mass downhill skiing in swimwear.
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Last year’s jamboree gathered a total of 1111 participants. This year the exact number is still to be counted, but it is already clear that there were no fewer than 1200 skiers and snowboarders unafraid of the cold.
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More than 1900 participants were officially registered on the “Boogel Woogel” website, although not all of them could make it to the starting line. The renowned ski resort of Roza Khutor welcomed guests from more than 25 Russian cities and abroad, including Latvia’s Brainstorm, a music band. According to the participants, the piste was ideally prepared, and the positive vibe together with the genial sunshine lightened up the slopes.
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“Boogel Woogel” proves that age is no barrier.
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We hope they felt warmer on the slope than during the chilly ride on the chair lift.
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There’s no beach season in Russia, so such events are a rare chance to show off your bikini al fresco.
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Some participants teamed up to slope down with bright banners.
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Some preferred to do it in pairs.
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And of course there were those who found it more convenient on their own.
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During a breather, the difference between skiers and snowboarders becomes evident: while boarders are able to sit and walk rather comfortably, skiers tend to resemble Robocop due to their hard boots.
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The audience sure wasn’t disappointed: “A lot of people and a lot of smiles - it’s great!” was a common refrain.
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Subject to verification in the coming months by the Guinness World Records HQ in London, the record for mass downhill skiing will be officially set.
April 7, 2017
Tags: extreme, sport, lifestyle, sochi, skiing, women

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