Published on February 17th, 2014 | by Editor
The Naked Sledding World Championship 2014 – Nacktrodeln
We came, we soared, we showed our conkers…
That’s right, thanks to Chillisauce – and your all important support – Great Britain was proudly represented at the Naked Sledding World Championship for the first time in history.
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Forget Sochi, the real excitement on snow took place at a German airport, where brave sportsmen and women bared all as they battled for slope supremacy in nothing but their birthday suits.
Sick of the Winter Olympics and their boring old ‘uniforms’?
Yeah, us too. Clothes? Pah, who needs them, it’s winter after all.
The wilder side of life…
Here at Chillisauce we’ve always been fans of incredible experiences and unique events that salute the wilder side of life. And when we first stumbled across an event where hordes gathered from across the globe to jump naked on to sleds and hurtle headlong down the mountain, well, we just knew we’d struck gold.
When we first wrote about it on the Chillisauce blog back in 2012 we vowed that we couldn’t stand back and watch another naked sled race zip by without British representation.
And so, less than a month ago, when we found out that the event was returning, we jumped at the chance to assemble the first ever UK team. Our patriotic call to arms was greeted with a raucous response and after sifting through more than 500 applications from would-be heroes keen to show off their naked ambition, our bare pair was chosen to tackle the course over in Germany – Sunderland’s flame-haired fitness instructor Holly Garshong, and 21-year-old blue eyed British soldier Thomas Chrusciel.
Not the smoothest of starts…
It’s fair to say the competition itself hadn’t got off to the smoothest of starts. A lack of snow at the original location of Braunlage led to a last-minute venue change, with a hastily constructed course being set up at Magdebug-Cochstedt airport. An impressive 89 tonnes of snow were brought in to cover the 70m-long ramp, while mass crowds of 10,000 still turned out in force to show their support – and party into the night.
Sabotage or fashionably late?
As for our brave British competitors, they arrived fashionably late, having shared a party bus with the Dutch team, but when the driver took them to the wrong airport it meant a mad dash to the start line with only 10 minutes to spare.
Holly knocked out by national hero Melanie Müller
In a tough first round draw Holly fronted up to reigning champion and German porn star Melanie Müller – and the daunting prospect proved a little too much as our Mackem lass was knocked out by the home crowd favourite.
Not that there’s any shame in that, especially after seeing off such fierce competition just to win the right to compete in front of thousands. The female contest was eventually won by a care worker named Anika Lengfeld from the German city of Burg, seeing off hot competition from a selection of Germany’s highest profile erotic stars.
Tom narrowly loses to the “muscular butcher”
Soldier boy Tom did his country proud too, racing into the second round before losing out to eventual male category winner Maurice Berg, the slightly sinisterly nicknamed “muscular butcher”.
Baring all on her Naked Sledding debut, fitness instructor Holly Garshong said her appearance at the event was “certainly something to tell the grandchildren”.
“It’s been an unforgettable experience and I’m so thankful to all those who voted for me to represent my country,” she said. “It won’t be my last involvement in Naked Sledding and I’m already looking forward to helping recruit the next British team. I’ve met some real characters and made some great friends along the way and the organisation of the Great British Team by the guys at Chillisauce was absolutely awesome.”
Great Britain’s male member Thomas Chrusciel was equally enthusiastic about his appearance and said he was delighted to get the opportunity to strip off for his country.
“It was a mad experience,” he said. “I’m so glad I got the chance to do it and it was an honour to represent Great Britain. I’m flattered that the public wanted to see me naked and I reckon the world definitely needs more events like this.”
British spectator Melanie Brewis (Director of Wear Fit) visited the event to show her support as part of an organised Chillisauce trip. And she said she’ll definitely be back next year.
“It was a bit of an eye-opener – I’ve never seen so many tits in my life,” said Melanie. “It was a laugh-a-minute and I’m already planning to come back and watch again in 2015.”
Launching the first ever Great British team:
A few short weeks ago, we asked for applicants to become part of Great Britain’s inaugural naked sledding team. From a grand total of 500 applicants, you have selected the courageous representatives who will compete for national pride and glory on the snow-covered slopes of Germany.
Who you voted to represent Great Britain for the first time ever:
Just as Brooklyn Beckham is almost guaranteed to become top-flight footballer, so too Holly Garshong was born to represent team Great Britain at the Naked Sledding Championships. Aside from actually enjoying sledding and feeling at home as the traverses the snow covered slopes, she has also been raised by an avid family of nudists who love nothing more than baring all in the company of others.
“We used to go on nudist holidays and it was just normal to me, growing up,” said Holly. “We started when I was about six and I just got brought up that way. Everyone was naked and people weren’t looking at each other like that – it was just normal.” Given this, our outgoing fitness instructor from Barnes in Sunderland is ideally placed to lead from the front.
[ezcol_1third]Occupation: Fitness Instructor
Holly, 29, believes firmly in the ‘work hard, play hard’ mantra, she enjoys keeping fit at the Wear-fit boot-camp and playing with her band Four Star Hero. Ironically she was at a ski resort in France when she heard that she had made the final ten, along with her husband of less than a year. “They just laughed and my husband said I just like to shock people, but I think it will be brilliant to represent your country.”
Competing seems to be in Holly’s blood, with the desire to represent her country stronger than the lure of the 1,000 Euro prize for the winners of the event. With a competitive edge as striking as her bright red hair, she hopes that her experience as a qualified fitness instructor and appreciation of the naked form will give her an edge on her international rivals. As a unique and unconventional woman, it seems fitting that Holly should also represent Great Britain’s inaugural naked sledding team.
As Holly herself said, “I’m not bothered about being cold, as long as I get a cup of tea at the end of it. With a philosophy like that and the thirst for life that this thrill-seeking, Northeast lass brings to the championships, the challenge of sledding naked in sub-zero temperatures in the pursuit of national glory will hold no fears for feisty Holly.
[ezcol_1third]Eye colour: Blue
[ezcol_1third]Height: 5 ft 3″
[ezcol_1third_end]Weight: 56 Kg
When it comes to patriotism, putting your life on the line for Queen and country is about as impressive as it gets. This is why the idea of stripping off his clothes and sledding down the ski slopes of Germany holds no fear for 21 year old Thomas Chrusciel, who is a serving soldier of the British Army. Physically fit, motivated and just the right amount of crazy, he loves nothing more than risking it all while representing our beautiful and proud nation.
[ezcol_1third]Occupation: British Army Soldier
From Eastbourne in East Sussex, Thomas has a passion anything exciting and his favourite past-times include skiing, surfing, bungee jumping and extreme bike riding. While he usually prefers to attempt these exercises while being at least partially clothed, the thrill of naked sledding was simply too much to ignore.
Thomas also has competitive pedigree as a former Tough Mudder contestant, although by his own admission he has no idea where he placed. “I could not tell you where I came,” he said, “but I made sure that I beat the Americans.” Nothing sums up this determined competitor more than this statement, although his promise to be first across the line, first to the bar and last one to leave comes a very close second.
The question that remains is whether Thomas, as a soldier in the British Army, has a distinct advantage over his international rivals? The short answer may well be yes, as his day job involves intense physical activity and adventurous training as a matter of course. Currently based in Germany, he is also no stranger to foreign climates has the full backing of the entire British Army, which is quite a force to be reckoned with.
As a patriotic, physically capable and well-travelled contestant, Thomas will get on his sled with a tremendous amount of self-confidence. If he can survive the threat of frostbite and tune into his competitive instinct, he may well achieve his dream of representing his country and achieving national glory!
[ezcol_1third]Eye colour: Brown
[ezcol_1third]Height: 6 ft 2″
[ezcol_1third_end]Weight: 80 Kg
So step forward patriotic Brits…
This is your chance to support these chosen competitors who are looking to cement their place in this great nation’s proud sporting history.
To commemorate the launch of Britain’s inaugural team, we streamed the event live online, so our readers were able to cheer on The British Team!
February 15th 2014, a date to remember
Taking place in the lively spa town of Braunlage in the Harz Mountains, this infamous race returns for 2014 on February 15th, when huge crowds will turn out to admire the unique sporting spectacle of men and women careering down the snowy tracks wearing nothing but a helmet and their pants. And once the bare-chested racing action concludes you can expect high octane after-parties that make your usual après-ski seem like a vicar’s tea party.
So forget Sochi, these are the winter races that really count.
Make no mistake folks, the Naked Sledding World Championship is preparing for a British invasion, but we need your help to spread the word nationwide!
You can be sure of some carnage on the slopes too as this is no time trial, all the competitors in each category will be tackling the course at the same time. Chillisauce are paying for the Great British team’s flights, accommodation and everything that will determine us winners.
The winner is the naked speed junkie who crosses the finish line first, with the male and female champions both receiving a tasty €1,000 prize. Heck, it’s enough to even buy themselves some clothes.
Where does the race take place?
Germany has something of a reputation for hosting competitions that border on the bizarre. And so it’s only fitting that our Deutsche brethren are once again rolling out the welcome mat for this celebration of the human form in all its glory.
Braunlage, a spa town and health resort:
Braunlage is best known as a spa town and health resort nestled in the rugged Harz mountains in Northern Germany – and it’s certainly a town that knows how to let its hair down too. Recharge your batteries by day and party by night, while for one action-packed day every year you can get uniquely reinvigorated by the feel of fresh mountain air on your nether regions as you fly down the mountain.
Why don’t you join us? We’ve put together packages to the Naked Sledding World Championship 2014 so you can witness history being made:
Who will be there?
As you can imagine, this is not a race for the shy and retiring. While the field itself is a relatively small one – expect there to be around 30 competitors in total – the crowds are far from small. More than 25,000 gathered slope-side at the last event in 2012, and with a year’s break leaving fans hungrier than ever for high octane nakedness, this year’s event is set to be the biggest yet. Racers gather from various countries, with more than 5,000 applying for the honour of representing their various nations at the last contest.
The selection policy almost always seems to be slightly skewed towards those who look good naked, which as a spectator you will no doubt be relieved to hear! This year is no exception, as our British representatives look more than presentable on their birthday suits and more importantly they boast the skills to match their impressive physiques.
How we recruited our finalists..
The World Championships, which are now in their fifth year, have never had competitors from these shores and this is something we were keen to put right at Chillisauce.
After receiving 500 applications Chillisauce chose 10 very different applicants and you voted for who you wanted to represent Great Britain.
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So we decided to recruit two willing participants to brace the elements armed with nothing but a sled and non-themal underwear.
Head-strong Vicki is a competitive and confident full-time Mum from West Sussex.
[ezcol_1third]Occupation: Full-time Mum
[ezcol_1third_end]Lives: West Sussex
She is not averse to stripping down and getting naked, and thinks she’d be pretty darned good at sledding. She can also down a pint quickly and belly dance, which would be sure to make her a smash-hit at the after-tournament party.
Dave has previously sledged in the Alps and the Canadian Rockies.
[ezcol_1third]Occupation: Leisure Centre Duty Manager
No true British contest would be complete without a contestant called Dave. A former Tough Mudder competitor and aspiring RAF cadet, Dave thinks he has the body to make women (and a few men) swoon. His job involves the day-to-day running of Carterton Leisure Centre.
Aside from her mysterious name and incredibly fun-sounding job, our Hazel also learned to ski black runs when she was just six years old.
[ezcol_1third]Occupation: Web Cam Model and Rock Climbing Instructor
The web cam model even practices as a qualified rock-climbing instructor, meaning that hitting the slopes naked will enable her to utilise her most prominent skills. Hazel’s job involves getting paid to strip from the comfort of her bedroom.
A young contender with no previous experience of sledding, Brendan promises to bring a unique style to the event.
In his element when naked, he also believes his furry posterior will give him and advantage over his rivals. His victory celebration would also include the classic ‘turning his eyelids inside-out’ trick, which remains as fresh today as it has ever done!
A lacrosse expert with magnificent calves (his words not ours), Francis categorizes himself as ‘being heavy and fast on a sled.’
[ezcol_1third]Occupation: Student at Oxford University
He may also be the only Oxford student in history with the ability to carry a pint on his head, which makes him OK in our books. We would also like to see how his definition of ‘enthusiastic dancing’ plays out on a live stage.
Kirsty is an aspiring nudist who also competed in the 2012 World Naked Bike Ride, she is taking a break from drunken streaking to represent Great Britain.
[ezcol_1third]Occupation: Event Planner
Kirsty believes that her entire life has been leading to this tournament. Her job involves hosting a touring rock ‘n ‘roll party that travels across the UK. As for the after-show party, is anyone up for a game of naked frisbee?
Fully equipped with a heat retaining beard and an ability to blow actual flames, if nothing else he will be able to keep the others warm after the event.
[ezcol_1third]Occupation: ‘Mischief Maker’ and Marketer for Nokia
With a job title of ‘Mischief Maker’, it stands to reason that Ricc should be pretty wild outside of the office too. Look out for his tactic of hurling balls of snow and fire at the other racers!
Thank you so much to everybody that applied, especially our 10 finalists!
Why our country needs you…
So, we Brits have a stiff upper lip do we? Well, we’ll see about that. We can strip off with the best of them and now we can prove it – and capture some silverware to boot. This is a time to prove your love of our proud nation and back the ambition of those who are willing to fly down the slopes for the glory of Great Britain. So without further ado, get online today and share this page with your brethren, and together we will make sure that the whole of the country is firmly behind its naked sledders when the event begins in earnest.