Sep 13, 2017
1. Yakut, a Siberian Turkic language, spoken by 80% of the population.
2. Winter temperatures of -30 F.
3. The woolly mammoth discovered fully intact in the ice.
Every year it hosts the Russian National Freestyle Wrestling Championships, and the International Freestyle Wrestling Championships, which draws contestants from 22 countries.
Imagine, your first time out of the U.S., and instead of the standard Paris, London, and Rome, it's an adventure in Yakutsk, Siberia.
Plus the International Sports Games "Children of Asia" has been held in Yakutsk every four years since 1996. It draws over 2,000 young athletes from across Asia, from Turkey to Vietnam.
Events include Greco-Roman and traditional Yakut wrestling, boxing, archery, track and field, martial arts, and swimming.
There are also local wrestling, boxing, soccer, and swim teams.
Almost makes you want to get on a plane.