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2. Pioneer work at the first edition of Vasaloppet China

by Peter Andersson

Small vehicles and man power was used to make the ski track
使用小型三轮车,并且人力搬雪铺设赛道

– My name is Peter Andersson and I am a proud pioneer of the Vasaloppet crew who made the first race possible in year 2003.

I see these few days of being part of establishing this fantastic event as one of the highlights of my 15 years in China.

The spirit of the founders of Vasaloppet, with Gåvert Wååg, Jörgen Mårtensson, Tobbe, and Mr. Gong Wen Bin in the frontline, combined with the fantastic people in Changchun who made this possible. With so limited time and with the challenges of language barriers, cultural differences, lack of experience making a ski race into perfection, this was quite an effort!

I will never forget the late evening before the race day when everybody was exhausted, just back from the race venue and having a drink in the lobby bar of the hotel getting ready for the coming day. Then Mr. Gåvert came up with the excellent idea that we shall really get out there in the middle of the night and work on the details in order to make it into perfection! 

So, we did and woke up the 100 Chinese farmers who were assisting making tracks etc. and we worked through the night until 4 a clock in the morning!

Well, we see the result, almost 20 years later! I take my hat off for all the Nordic Ways people and their Chinese partners who constantly has been working extremely hard to make this into a world-renowned event! 

On the ski track together with local farmers
与当地工人一起站在雪道上

Original version (Chinese)

第一届中国长春净月潭瓦萨国际滑雪节历史回顾

我是彼得·安德森,我很荣幸能在2003年见证第一届中国长春净月潭瓦萨国际滑雪节的举办。

参与并创办这一精彩的体育赛事活动,我非常珍视这段愉快的时光,这也是我在中国生活15年期间的非常难忘的回忆。

中国瓦萨的先驱者,高友远先生、岳根·马特松先生、宫文彬先生,以及热情的长春团队的伙伴们共同创造了这一历史。时间紧迫的情况下,跨越语言障碍、文化差异、赛事经验不足等挑战,创造了完美的成绩,这支队伍付出巨大的努力!

我永远不会忘记在比赛前夜,大家都精疲力尽的情景,刚从比赛场地返回,在酒店的大堂吧一起讨论准备第二天的比赛。随后高友远先生想出了一个绝妙的想法,于是我们又在半夜返回场地,把各种细节做得尽善尽美,保证比赛的顺利举办。

我们就这样做了,叫醒并召集100名工人协助处理赛道等各方面的细节,我们彻夜工作直到凌晨4点!

直至今日,过去了近20年的时间,我们看到了中国瓦萨赛事活动不断进步与发展!我为所有诺迪维公司开创者和中国团队的伙伴们致敬,他们一直非常努力地将这一活动推广成世界闻名的赛事!

Working together with student volunteers gave me good opportunities to develop my Chinese language
与中国学生志愿者一起愉快地工作,我也提高了我的中文能力。
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