Jörgen Brink won classic Vasaloppet race.
Second time’s a charm - at least for skier Jörgen Brink. The 2011 Vasaloppet was the second year in a row that he won.
“Winning Vasaloppet is… it’s something you dream about. And to do it twice is amazing,” he said. “I broke one of my poles, somebody ran over it and I really though that was it.” But Brink soldiered on with his broken pole for the last five, six kilometers.
Jenny Hansson won the ladies’ Vasaloppet (aka Tjejvasan). It’s her fist Vasa win (after having tried many times).
“I’ve waited for the perfect day,” she said. “And today I had great skis.”
The annual Vasaloppet is a long distance (90 kilometers) cross-country ski race held on the first Sunday of March in Dalarna, Sweden between the village of Sälen and Mora. It is the oldest, one of the longest, and in popular consideration the biggest cross-country ski race in the world. The race was first run in 1922, inspired by a run by King Gustav Vasa in 1520. Sweden is the most prolific producer of winners, with 74 titles (including two all-Sweden ties, in 1928 and 1988), or 90% of the 82 contested races.
Vasaloppet race is held in four countries. In the U.S. the race in Mora, Minnesota was held three weeks ago, report at Mora, Minnesota Vasaloppet
Brink (born 1974 in Delsbo), is a cross-country skier and biathlete. Brink's best finish at the Winter Olympics was a 24th in the individual sprint in 2002 and earned three bronze medals at the 2003 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme.