The idea alone gives you goosebumps: a Frenchman broke the world record in ice baths and had to endure it surrounded by ice cubes. The action was for a good cause.
Two hours, 35 minutes and 43 seconds – that’s how long a Frenchman can last in ice cubes. Romain Vandendorpe set a new world record in freezing cold on Saturday in Wattrelos in Northern France. The 34-year-old sat in a glass container filled with ice cubes up to his shoulders.
Vandendorpe wanted to use the campaign to raise money for an aid organization for children with cancer. “Anyone could give one euro for every minute Romain stayed in the ice cubes,” said the organization’s president, Steve de Matos.
Vandendorpe said he had trained for two years in a whirlpool filled with ice water and in a 500 liter freezer. The 34-year-old said he had put himself in a “state of daydreaming” through concentration and imagination.
According to an AFP reporter, Romain’s attempt to shoot followed about 50 people and specially appointed jurors. Vandendorpe eventually improved the previous world record by 40 minutes.