Posted on15. June 2022, 23:20
From London to New York, from Mexico City to Madrid: the story of a firewall with 25 injured people in Wädenswil made media coverage around the world.
The British BBC made the history of firewalking famous.
Euronews also reported this.
For the Daily Mail, the event was a feast.
The firewalking failure in Wädenswil has spread around the world: news portals and newspapers from Europe, North and South America and Asia have reported a failed team event in Wädenswil. The media generally reported that 25 participants of the event suffered burns – some serious – when they injured themselves while walking on red-hot coals on the Au peninsula on Lake Zurich.
British broadcaster BBC even posted the news on Twitter. The entry is currently receiving a lot of comments. For example, one user ironically says that he considers the event a successful integration exercise. Because: “Nothing brings people closer together than a shared trauma.” Many users wonder how this could have happened. “I still understand the top five, but the next 20 … not so much …” writes the woman.
The news of the team event for employees of the advertising marketer Goldbach, which, like 20 Minuten, belongs to the TX Group, was also released in Spanish and Portuguese. In the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, readers discuss the usefulness of team-building events. “Building teams is not about competing between teams, but about getting to know each other better in order to be able to work effectively,” explains one user. “Oh, that’s stupid,” the man replies. Another reader says, “The motto” Without Limits “takes its toll.
The organizer does not feel guilty
In the meantime, the organizer of the event said: “The coal seminar went on as usual,” Thoma Widmer told “Blick”. Before the coal race, the temperature was measured, which was below 500 degrees – says the coach, who, despite 25 injuries, does not consider it his fault. According to Thomi Widmer, only six people were injured.
Other firewalking coaches see it differently: “The heat is on average three to five meters long. So it is unlikely that 25 people would be on fire at the same time. This incident must have been caused by a serious mistake from the coach »says Otto Gerber after 20 minutes.