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Estonia Gold in Ice Fishing Brings Glory to Baltic Nation

Estonia's Ice Fishing team won the gold medal Tuesday, the first-ever for the tiny Baltic nation.

Edging out ice fishing juggernauts Norway and Canada, which took home silver and bronze, the Estonians victory was secured when Urmas Kaljend hooked a 50-pound pike in the fourth drill.

"We could have played it safe and baited for a lake trout or a walleye for the bronze, but I said 'No. I want gold. I'm going for a pike,'" recounted Kaljend. "So I lured my braid line with a lipless crank, started jigging, and just two lagers later, there he was."

The big win, which triggered wild celebrations throughout Tallinn that have claimed several lives due to the -40C temperatures currently gripping the capital city, is sure to bring even more fame to the already household names of Kaljend, Olumets, Kirs and Poom.

"Honestly, I don't know how they will walk the streets. I'm afraid the people will tear them to pieces," one jubilant Estonian remarked. "These men are great heroes. They have brought such glory and prestige to our country. Finally, the world knows just how terrific Estonia is!"

An internet survey taken shortly after Estonia's golden performance revealed that 92% of respondents could not locate the country on a map.

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