SONKAJARVI, Finland, July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As an NBA legend, notorious
party animal, headline-grabbing celebrity, wrestler, poker player, and
talk-show host, Dennis Rodman has done it all. Except lend his unique brand
of shock value to the 2005 Wife Carrying World Championships. Now "The Worm"
proves there's a first time for everything. Rodman was on hand for the 2005
Wife Carrying World Championships in Sonkajarvi, Finland, sponsored by
GoldenPalace.com. Like so many of the world's more bizarre events, wife
carrying has it's origins buried deep in the bosom of an age old local
tradition -- in this case, the 19th century practice of wife stealing.
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* (Photo Caption: Dennis Rodman carrying local girl.)
The competition has achieved enormous popularity worldwide spawning North
American, Australian, German, South African, and Estonian Championships. But
the World Championships will always be in Sonkajarvi where it all started.
Unfortunately Rodman was not able to bring his wife because she recently
broke her leg. He chose a lucky local girl to carry instead. The
ex-basketball star only participated in the final 100 meters of the 235 meter
course saying that he was not ready for such a grueling course. In a
post-event press conference, Rodman promised to train harder for next year's
competition. The Estonians went on to win the event.
The casino has been making headlines for years with their outrageous
advertising, and this is just the kind of eccentricity that attracts the
popular gaming site, as well as their celebrity spokesperson Rodman.
Rodman has been involved with several GoldenPalace.com marketing
campaigns, including the famous Running Of The Bulls in Pamplona with Ray
Sabbatini, a man stricken with Multiple Sclerosis, to support MS awareness and
help find a cure for the deadly disease.
More information is available at www.GoldenPalace.com &
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