STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. It's a rich and varied world. Summer 2019 is when the U.S. women's soccer team won the World Cup and also the time of the World Wife-Carrying Championship. In Finland, men sling their wives over their shoulders and run an obstacle course as thousands watch. A Lithuanian couple won this year, overcoming obstacles and splashing through water in just over one minute. She wore a bike helmet - understandable since she spent the race dangling upside down on his back. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.