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Olympian shocks the internet with a picture of his hands after Arctic rowing session

Olympic level athletics at sub zero temperatures require sacrifices of the body and sometimes the side effects of are down right heinous.

Alex Gregory is a highly decorated professional rower from Great Britain. The five time World Champion and two time Olympic gold medalist is part of a rowing expedition called The Polar Row

The crew is rowing the waters of the Arctic on a mission to explore the Northern seas, collect environmental data, and raise money for charity.

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Rowing in freezing Arctic climates has some truly shocking side effects on the body. Gregory took to social media to share a photograph of his hands after a wet and grueling row.

His swollen, wrinkled hands are genuinely a thing of nightmares.

Twitter reactions to his mangled mitts ranged from comedic to horrified:

Sure, his hands might look like he’s been dead for weeks, but it comes with the territory of being an Arctic trailblazer.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/01/rower-picture-hands-horrifying/

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