"Frost" actor Sheen judges quirky sub-zero dives in Austria
Actor Michael Sheen helped judge a quirky sub-zero diving competition in western Austria Friday, after the organisers found his role in the Oscar-nominated "Frost/Nixon" qualified him for the task.
Sheen plays journalist David Frost in the movie, a name that made him particularly suitable to judge the unusual Jump and Freeze festival, the organisers said in a statement Saturday.
More than 150 people participated in the event, which involved racing down a snowy slope on skis, snowboards or self-built vehicles, sometimes in extravagant costumes, before jumping into a massive pool in freezing temperatures.
Awards were handed out for furthest jump, craziest vehicle -- past designs have included Viking ships, UFOs, and giant cows -- and best dressed.
The event takes place every year in the Tyrolean town of Westendorf, on the second Friday in February.
"This is the craziest thing I've seen in my life," Sheen remarked after the competition.
About 10,000 spectators watched the event.