Orsa, Dalarna County, SE
Mar 2, 2014
Type: XC Skiing - World
added by: ang
The start of the world’s biggest ski competition. A remarkable silence spreads, broken only by the scraping of 15,000 pairs of skis filling the air. Far above a helicopter hovers as the announcer’s encouraging voice peps up the thousands of skiers making their way from Berga by. It is the first Sunday in March, and there is magic in the air.
Vasaloppet 2012 became fully booked 30 May 2011.
Vasaloppet is the oldest, the longest and the biggest cross country ski race in the world. The great natural beauty of the whole 90 km Vasalopps Arena lies before you, and its unique test of individual courage and resources is perhaps one of the greatest challenges you will ever take up.
Vasaloppet is, without any doubt, a part of the Swedish national soul. It’s no exaggeration to say that the checkpoints and the villages where they lie are names recognised by the vast majority of Swedes. And those who are not watching the race on the spot can, together with 1.8 million others, curl up in front of the TV and watch the elite compete for the great honour to be this year’s Vasaloppet winner.
But there is also another dimension – that each and every skier who completes the race is also a real winner. Vasaloppet’s 90 km is nothing to toy with, it demands the right man or woman – and some of the toughest in the world are at the start determined to ski themselves into a part of Swedish history.
"I Fäders Spår för Framtids Segrar" (In the footsteps of our forefathers for the victories of tomorrow) – this is more than just a motto. It represents tradition, the national soul, and heroic deeds, physical and mental strength. And not least it stands for that glorious feeling as you swing into the final straight, to applause and cheers, and on to the finish!
Welcome to Vasaloppet – the first Sunday in March.
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