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Guide: Everything you need to know before the Vasa race


What are your favorites? How Much Blueberry Soup Does It Eat? What celebrities should you look out for in the tracks? Here's everything you need to know before the Vasa race.

When: Sunday March 1 at 8am.

Distance: 90 km between Sälen and Mora.

Number of registrants: 15,800.

Weather: According to the forecast, there will be heavy snowfall throughout the day from Sälen to Mora and a few minus degrees. It indicates that there will be a quarrel about the victory. For the exercisers there can be messy tracks.

Radio / TV: Sweden's radio P4 broadcasts live starting 7.18. SVT 07.30–13.00 and 16.00–17.00. SVT1 and SVT Play. The program director is Yvette Hermundstad, while the race is commented on by Jacob Hård and Anders Blomquist.

Favorites, gentlemen: Andreas Nygaard, Norway. Durable and is one of the sharpest sprints. Leading Ski Classics in total. Tord Asle Gjerdalen, Norway. The profile with the tough glasses, which are always in the lead. Emil Persson, Sweden. The biggest Swedish jump. Two partial wins in Ski Classics this winter.

Ladies: Britta Johansson Norgren, Sweden. Can take his second straight victory and third overall. Shown shape with the win in Tjejvasan a week ago. Kari Vikhagen Gjeitnes, Norway. Have gone from clarity to clarity this winter. Katerina Smutná, Czech Republic. A legend in these contexts.

Most victories, gentlemen:

9: Nils "Mora-Nisse" Karlsson (1943, 1945–51 and 1953)

7: Janne Stefansson (1962-1966, 1968 and 1969)

4: Arthur Häggblad (1933, 1935, 1937 and 1940), Jan Ottosson (1989, 1991, 1992 and 1994)


4 wins: Sofia Lind (1997, 1999, 2004 and 2005).

Record times, gentlemen: Jörgen Brink, 3.38.41.

Ladies: Vibeke Skofterud, 4.08.2

Prizes: The winner will receive a medal, a green wreath, a 20 kg heavy glass trophy and SEK 96,000. The first prize is now increased by SEK 1,000 each year. Anyone who beats the current record time in Vasaloppet will receive a bonus of SEK 50,000 in addition to the first prize.

Then it was canceled: 1932 and 1990 due to lack of snow. Also in 1934 the Vasaloppet was canceled and snow deficiency is officially stated as the cause in the rollers. But the real reason was the risk of being notified too few.

Blueberry Soup: Last year the haulers drank 33,900 liters.

A few celebrities in the track: Melker Andersson, chef, Magdalena Forsberg, six biathlon golds, Kristin Kaspersen, program manager, Zebastian Modin, world champion in parasailing, Kikkan Randall, US Olympic and World Championship gold medalist in cross-country skiing, Magnus Wislander, world champion handball.

Source: svt

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