It’s been one year since Japan snatched away an epic victory from Ottawa, but the Canadian city is back with a chilly vengeance.
On Jan. 31, Canada’s capital rallied the troops to create thousands of snowmen to defeat Japan’s snow army once and for all. The rivalry started when an Ottawa group won the world title for building the most snowmen within a 60-minute time frame back in 2015. However, mere weeks after claiming victory with 1,299 snowmen, a group in the Japanese city of Akabira basically stole the title away with 2,036 of their own.
“We got the right weather, we got the right snow, we probably have 2,000 people from Ottawa making snowmen,” said event organizer John Helmkay to CTV News.
The Canadians, who gathered at TD Place Stadium to build their snow army, ended up with 2,069 snowmen – each of which had to be three-feet tall and have two arms, two eyes and a nose, according to official rules.
Guinness World Records hasn’t announced whether Ottawa has taken back the snowman throne, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed.
Want to know more about the Great Snowman War of 2016? Check out the video above!