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35. The day I competed against Thomas Alsgaard

1 July 2020

by Tristan Zloebl – It was difficult to decide which experience I should tell. So far I have competed in 7 Worldloppet Races and every one is a story for itself. Either it is the “5-Weather-Race” in Iceland together with my dad, or the “broken shoe” race at Czech Republic together with my brother and…

Louise Poirier is the new President of Gatineau Loppet

30 June 2020

The Gatineau Loppet Board announced the election of the new President of the Canadian race yesterday: the new elected president is Louise Poirier.Louise is a well-known face in the field of cross-country skiing, both in Canada and abroad, being a coach, an athelete, an organizers and a volunteer, besides having reached the Worldloppet Master title!…

34. Good loppets but too early

29 June 2020

By Timo Hakulinen – I got married in 1985, and the honeymoon trip was made to the USA. My wife liked this destination very much, but I had another idea behind this, too: On the same journey I could, with the completion of the American Birkebeiner, get my Worldloppet passport fully stamped. This is what…

33. Memories of Worldloppet ski

26 June 2020

by Brendon Hyde, Gold Master n.2095 – After skiing the Australian Kangaroo Hoppet for 10 years my first European Worldloppet tour was planned for 2003. I started training along park pathways in the Oz summertime using cross-country roller skis where I gave local kangaroos a bit of a fright since they all quickly hopped away.…

32. Getting Acquainted with the Austrian Police

24 June 2020

by Ben Mitchell – I love how traveling for Worldloppet races can lead to such memorable experiences on and off the trails… This past winter I was excited to catch up with my parents and two brothers for the Dolomittenlauf and Marcialonga as we have long wanted to ski both races and since my parents…

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…