• Short Summary

    Sixten Jernberg, Swedish gold medallist for the three-mile cross country skiing event of the Olympic Winter Games at Squaw Valley, added yet another trophy to his collection when he won the annual 'Vasaloppet' -- 55 miles between the Swedish towns of Salen and Mora -- March 6.

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    Sixten Jernberg, Swedish gold medallist for the three-mile cross country skiing event of the Olympic Winter Games at Squaw Valley, added yet another trophy to his collection when he won the annual 'Vasaloppet' -- 55 miles between the Swedish towns of Salen and Mora -- March 6.

    More than a thousand competitors massed at the Salen start-line for this year's ski race -- the 37th. Before them lay a gruelling 55 mile course, and more than five hours of energy sapping trudging through deep snow.

    Soft drinks, and light food was available to the marathon skiers as they passed through the various control points en-route.

    Jernberg's time of five hours 13 minutes 2.6 seconds, was 11 minutes 7 seconds slower than the record time set up in 1953 by "Mora-Misse" Karlsson.

    The race has a history. It dates back to 1520 when the Swedish King Gustav Eriksson Vasa was pursued by Danish enemies he arrived in Mora, asking from help from local people, but was refused. He continued his flight towards the Norwegian border. Meanwhile local inhabitants of Moral 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 Gustav's return.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA91INYXL15OY6XVDRLA640SE2G
    Media URN:
    VLVA91INYXL15OY6XVDRLA640SE2G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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