Snow kayaking competition in Lithuania

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The Winter Olympics have come and gone, but plenty of winter athletes are still going at it, including these snow kayakers participating in the annual Red Bull Snow Kayak competition on March 1 in Druskininkai, Lithuania.

This wacky winter sport is essentially sledding on steroids. After hauling the freshly waxed kayaks to the top of the slope, the race participants launch themselves down a steep alpine skiing track. The paddles allow them to steer with more control (but not much) than a traditional sled, and the slippery wax sends them flying at extreme speeds toward the finish line.

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