Pictured above is Alex Gregory — a two-time Olympic Gold Medal-winning rower as part of a four-man team for Great Britain. Pay particular attention to his hands. They appear normal, right?
That was before he began rowing in the Arctic.
Gregory — according to the New York Post — took part in a month-and-a-half long expedition called the Polar Row. The constant wet and cold conditions took a toll on Gregory’s hands.
When the Polar Row concluded, those hands looked like this:
My hands after spending so long in wet gloves.The blisters were never bad on this Polar row, but the wet & damp seeped into the skin… pic.twitter.com/N3Y6s3m4Uh
— Alex Gregory (@AlexGregoryGB) August 30, 2017
Positively gnarly. A gruesome sight.
Fortunately for Gregory, two weeks of rest have proved beneficial:
Two weeks after getting off the boat and hands looking good. They were so quickly back to normal after drying out. Skin is an amazing thing! pic.twitter.com/QqxAZyKXZb
— Alex Gregory (@AlexGregoryGB) September 3, 2017
Why do we have the sneaking suspicion he’ll stick to warmer climates going forward?
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