• Short Summary

    NO LESS THAN 3,635 COMPETITORS TOOK PART YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) IN THE MARATHON 'VASA' SKI RACE -- A GRUELLING 55- MILES BETWEEN SALEN AND MORA IN SWEDEN.

  • Description

    NO LESS THAN 3,635 COMPETITORS TOOK PART YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) IN THE MARATHON 'VASA' SKI RACE -- A GRUELLING 55- MILES BETWEEN SALEN AND MORA IN SWEDEN. IN WHAT MUST BE THE WORLD'S BIGGEST SKIING CONTEST ENTRANTS FROM DENMARK, SWEDEN, FINLAND, NORWAY AND ITALY.

    SPLIT INTO TWO GROUPS, THE MASS OF SKIERS RESEMBLED A STAMPERING HERD OF REINDEER FROM THE AIR AS THEY CHARGED ACROSS THE CRISP SNOW AFTER THE STARTER'S FUN SENT THEM ON THEIR WAY. AHEAD OF THEM : MORE THAN FIVE HOURS OF ENERGY-SAPPING TRUDGING TO THE FINISHING LINE.

    SOFT DRINKS AND CAKES WERE AVAILABLE TO THE COMPETITORS AS THEY PASSES THROUGH CONTROL POINTS AT FORSTA (25 KILOMETRES) AND EVERTSBERG (46 KILOMETRES) , WHERE IT WAS SEEN THAT THE RAGE WAS DEVELOPING INTO A CONTEST BETWEEN JANE STEFANSSON AND ROLF RAEMGAARD, BOTH OF SWEDEN.

    WHEN THE TEMPERATURE ROSE DURING THE RACE MANY SKIERS WERE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. PRACTICALLY ALL OF THEM HAD TO RE-GREASE THEIR SKIS AT LEAST ONCE MANY OF THEM TWO OR THREE TIMES.

    BUT NOT STEFANSSON. HE WAS STRAIGHT THROUGH WITHOUT A HITCH TO WIN A HARD FOUGHT RACE IN 4 HOURS, 56 MINS.,25 SECS - THE SECOND BEST TIME EVER ACHIEVED IN THE RACE. SECOND WAS RAEMGAARD; THIRD WAS ERIK LARSSON OF SWEDEN.

    AS MANY AS 3,201 SKIERS MANAGED TO FINISH THE RACE - THE LAST OF THEM AT 9 P.M. LAST NIGHT.

    THE RACE HAS A HISTORY DATING BACK TO 1520, WHEN THE SWEDISH KING GUSTAV ERIKSSON VASA, PURSUED BY DANISH ENEMIES, ARRIVED IN MORA ASKING FOR THE LOCAL PEOPLE'S AID, WHICH THEY REFUSED. HE CONTINUED HIS FLIGHT TOWARDS THE NORWEGIAN BORDER. MEANWHILE, THE PEOPLE OF MORA HAD CHANGED THEIR MINDS AND DECIDED TO ELECT GUSTAV THEIR LEADER. TWO FAST SKIERS WERE SENT AFTER HIM TO PERSUADE HIM TO RETURN. THEY CAUGHT UP WITH THE KING AT SALEN. THE RACE HAS BEEN HELD ANNUALLY EVER SINCE TO CELEBRATE THE KING'S RETURN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8N4UQ1URDOB0ABZP34TAKDG3F
    Media URN:
    VLVA8N4UQ1URDOB0ABZP34TAKDG3F
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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