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31. Marcialonga 1992

22 June 2020

By Carlo Brena, director of the Cross-country skiing magazine SciFondo, Italy –  It happened that, after the teenager-time with the usual ups and downs – sometimes beyond the limits of caution – Stefano and I found ourselves to share a new dimension of our friendship: the sweat dripping from our foreheads, the heavy breath after…

30. Year of the rooster (Redemption)

19 June 2020

by Danièle Grenier – My name is Danièle Grenier. I love skiing since my childhood in Quebec with my father. And since then I have never stopped for almost seventy years. I started Worldloppet trips very late in 2008 with the Vasaloppet and, year after year, I repeat the trip to Europe to join a…

29. Following the steps of the “Ancient Patriarchs”

17 June 2020

by Lino Davarda, Global Skier n.251 – I started to practice cross-country skiing following some accidents I had while practicing downhill skiing that limited my sport activity. First, I followed a friend who was taking part to the first edition of Marcialonga and then I tried to ski myself the 70 km on Nordic skis,…

Virtual AGM 2020: Juha Viljamaa confirmed Worldloppet president

16 June 2020

The 2019/2020 season was an extra-ordinary Worldoppet season under all aspects, and so also the Annual General Meeting, that is usually taking place in June in one of the countries hosting the races, had to change format, and it was held for the first time virtually. At least one representative for each one of the…

28. A tasty surprise at the 1994 Vasaloppet

15 June 2020

By Marcia Beckner – The 1994 Vasaloppet was our first Worldloppet. Interesting that we picked the longest and largest Worldloppet for our initiation. But having attended the Lillehammer Olympics the two weeks previous, the Vasaloppet was a natural fit for my husband and me. It was all so terribly exciting – on the start line…

27. The colours of a Worldloppet Global Skier

12 June 2020

Diego Gennari, Global Skier n. 267 Trento/ Italy – I wanted to give some colour to this story, decorating it with these bibs that mean dedication, joy, sacrifices, health and many dreams…. I started in 2008, and I bought my Worldloppet passport in Lienz, just for fun, but time after time and year after year…

26. Stay positive

10 June 2020

by Vladislav Kalous – The year 2017 was not easy for me as I had been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Luckily, as I was told by my typically cynical doctor: “if you should select a cancer, this is a good one.” There was a clear medication and I went through chemotherapy and radiotherapy for half…

25. My Worldloppet-triathlon through the woods of the Jizera Mountains

8 June 2020

by Arne Zlöbl – First 7 km cross-country skiing My brother Tristan, a former elite skier, motivated me, a former footballplayer, to join him to the Jizerska 50 in Czech Republic. As I am open-minded for every adventure and I have had heard about super cheap and delicious Czech beer I quickly was on board.…

24. The American Birkiebeiner, 2000: The Highway Less Bladed

5 June 2020

by Ken Hundert, Birchlegger, Toronto, Canada – The night before Birkie 2000, I was on my way to Lakewoods Restaurant for pasta and pasta, with water and water and water.  A radio bulletin announced the race had been cancelled.  Ugh; this meant that treasured kick wax information earned by my experienced milling at the New…

23. Broken Hope at Bieg Piastow (2020)

3 June 2020

By Andrzej Gałaś (start number 918) – I have been taking part in the Bieg Piastów since 1994, usually the main distance of 50 km, this year at 42 km. It seemed to me that I was well prepared and expected to get less than 4 hours during the Saturday race (February 29). My well-waxing…

Kangaroo Hoppet presents the “Hoppet 2020 – Do It Your Way”

1 June 2020

Last week came the news that Kangaroo Hoppet could not take place in the current season, but the Organizing Committee didn’t waste time and proposed a valid alternative, what they call the “Hoppet 2020 – Do It Your Way”. But, what is it about? Registering to the event (for a simbolic 10$ fee), each athlete…

22. Vasaloppet China 2020 – a way to make friends all over the world!

by Torbjörn Jonsson – I started my cross-country skiing career with the Vasaloppet (11 times), continued with the Jizerská Padesatka, Marcialonga, Engadin Skimarathon, Birkebeinerrennet and Vasaloppet China 2020!Over the years have I found out that participating and having a good experience is more important than chasing a good time. With that approach, my best Vasaloppet…