On Sunday 2 March 2014 at 08.00 CET is the start in Sälen
of the 90th Vasaloppet since the beginning in 1922. Here we have
gathered together some interesting facts before Sunday’s race.
- This is the 90th Vasaloppet. The first was in 1922. (Three races have been cancelled, those in 1932, 1934 and 1990). Vasaloppet is 90 kilometres long. Since 1948 the race has always been run on the first Sunday in March. On account of the Ski World Championship in Falun next year, Vasaloppet will be run on the second Sunday in March, on 8 March 2015.
- Vasaloppet 2014 was fully booked in ten minutes in March 2013. This means 15,800 registered participants. The record number is 16,462 from 2010, but the entry ceiling is now limited to 15,800. Of the entries to Sunday’s race, all of 55.6 percent are first time participants!
- For the first time, over 2000 ladies have registered entries to Vasaloppet, more precisely 2,195, which means 13.8 percent female participants out on the course on Sunday. (In the whole of Vasaloppets winter week 2014, with all eight races included, 60 percent are gents and 40 percent are ladies.)
- Vasaloppet 2014 has participants from 34 different nations, including Sweden. Just over 4,500 of the registered entries come from other nations than Sweden, most from Norway (1235). Then come Denmark (771), Finland (607), Germany (560), Czechoslovakia (314), Italy (199), Switzerland (182), Estonia (117), France (102), Russia (100), and Austria (100). (The whole Vasaloppets winter week 2014 has participants from a total of 54 different nations. There are, in fact, registered participants from all parts of the world!)
- The ten biggest Swedish counties in Vasaloppet 2014 are: Stockholm 2,333 participants, Västra Götaland 2,002 participants, Dalarna 761, Skåne 609, Jönköping 582, Östergötland 548, Uppsala 504, Västerbotten 498, Halland 401, and Norrbotten 361 participants.
- The average age in Vasaloppet 2014 is 42.1 years. Ladies are just over four years younger than the men, 38.2 years and 42.7 years respectively. The youngest participant in Vasaloppet 2014 will be 19 in December and the oldest will be 88 in September.
- 2013 saw a Norwegian double in Vasaloppet: Jörgen Aukland won the men’s class in 3.50.48 and Laila Kveli the ladies class in 4.22.22. Jörgen was, in 2013, history’s first Vasalopps winner to pole his way over the whole race without grip wax.
- All of the last 12 years Vasaloppet victors are participating in Vasaloppet 2014! Anders Aukland, 2004 (born 1972-09-12), Oskar Svärd, 2003, 2005, 2007 (born 1976-09-16), Daniel Tynell, 2002, 2006, 2009 (born 1976-01-06), Jörgen Brink, 2010, 2011, 2012 (born 1974-03-10), Jörgen Aukland, 2008, 2013 (born 1975-08-06).
- Ernst Alm, who in 1922 won the very first Vasaloppet, is the youngest male victor. He was 22 years and 18 days when he won (born 1900-03-01). The oldest Vasaloppet victor is Jörgen Brink (born 1974-03-10) who was almost 38 when he won in 2012. Of the above named winners Aukland, Aukland, Tynell and Brink are older if one of them wins in 2014.
- Favourites amongst the betting companies is Jörgen Brink, Sweden. Svenska Spel’s odds (Thursday 27 February at 08.00) are Jörgen Brink 5,00. Jörgen Aukland 5,50. Lukas Bauer 6,00. Daniel Tynell 6,00. Johan Kjölstad 6,00. Simen Östensen 8,00. John Kristian Dahl 11,00. Anders Aukland 11,00. Jerry Ahrlin 13,00. Sami Jauhojärvi 13,00. Jimmie Johnsson 16,00. Jens Eriksson 16,00. Stanislav Rezàc 18,00. Oskar Svärd 20,00. Tore Björseth Berdal 25,00. Öystein Pettersen 25,00.
- We find a number of well-known names out on the course on Sunday: H.R.H Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, the ice hockey star Peter “Foppa” Forsberg, the boxer Frida Wallberg, the handball manager Staffan Olsson, the artist Petter (Askergren), paralympist Aron Andersson on a sitski, Vattenfall’s CEO Öysten Löseth, the Swiss minister of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport Ueli Maurer, the Olympic rowers Lassi Karonen and Olaf Tufte, the master chef Melker Andersson, the Norwegian national ski team’s trainer Arild Monsen, the Swedish green party’s spokesperson Åsa Romson, compère Rickard Olsson, sending TV direct from the course as he skis – to name a few.
-Most Vasaloppet victories: Nils “Mora-Nisse” Karlsson (total 9 wins), Janne Stefansson (7 wins), Arthur Häggblad and Jan Ottosson (4 wins).
- Sofia Lind has most victories (four) in the ladies class (1997, 1999, 2004 and 2005). Sofia Lind was also the best lady in 1996, the year before Vasaloppet’s official ladies class was introduced.
- Youngest and oldest Vasaloppet winners amongst the ladies, since the official ladies class was introduced in 1997, are, respectively, Sofia Lind (born 1975-09-04) and Svetlana Nagejkina (born 1965-02-02). Sofia Lind was 21 when she won in 1997 and Svetlana Nagejkina 37 when she won in 2002.
- Earlier ladies class winners who are entered for Vasaloppet 2014: Ulrica Persson (2001, 2003), Sandra Hansson (2008, 2009), Susanne Nyström (2010), Laila Kveli (2013).
- Entered ladies who participated in the Sochi Olympics 2014: Riita-Liisa Roponen (FIN), Britta Johansson Norgren (SWE), Seraina Boner (SUI).
- This years’ kranskulla is Lisa Englund and kransmasen is Daniel Svensson, both from Mora.
- 509,331 Vasalopps skiers have, in the (so far) 89 races since 1922, finished after completing a Vasalopp between Sälen and Mora; altogether they have covered a distance equivalent to 1,143 round the world trips or 59 journeys to the moon and back!
- The smallest margin between the ladies’ and men’s winners was in 2007 when Elin Ek was only 4 minutes and 49 seconds after the men’s winner Oskar Svärd. She was then the 92nd skier to finish.
- There are 54 men who have won the 89 races. Once there was a shared victory, in 1988, when Örjan and Anders Blomqvist skied together over the finishing line with kranskullan Karin Värnlund in their arms!
- The first prize this year is raised for both the gents and ladies winners to 90,000 SEK. The spurt prize winners in Evertsberg (The Hill Prize) each receive 10,000 SEK. Vasaloppets total prize sum for 2014 is 492,000 SEK.
- The current record time for men is 3.38.41 (Jörgen Brink, 2012) and for ladies 4.08.24 (Vibeke Skofterud, 2012). A new Volkswagen car, worth 267,900 SEK, awaits those who break the men’s or ladies’ record.
- Vasaloppet’s first TV direct transmission was in 1966. This year is the 37th time for direct transmission (in whole or in part).
- Swedish Television (SVT) sends their winter sports programme Vinterstudion from Mora over the weekend. Vasaloppet is transmitted direct on SVT1, SVT World and on SVT Play 07.30–12.55 together with several parallell transmissions on the web. (e.g. ”Rickard Olsson-cam” direct from the course, Mattias Svahn’s waxing hut, and all the participants’ finishes!)
- 73 countries will be showing Vasaloppet 2014! A record! Direct
transmission in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Slovakia, Greece, Cyprus, Mexico and Brazil. A
one hour summary is transmitted later, on Eurosport (55 countries) and
Eurosport Asia (South Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the
Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Singapore,
Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Papua New Guinea and Australia.). And,
moreover, EBU News Europe.
- Vasaloppet 2014 is broadcast direct on both Vasalopps Radio www.vasaloppsradion.se and, of course, on Swedish Radio’s Program 4, Radiosporten. As it then was, Radiotjänst, the radio service, with Sven Jerring as reporter, broadcast from Vasaloppet for the very first time in 1925!
- Last year well over two million TV viewers in Sweden saw the direct transmission. The highest noted figure was 2,289,000 viewers and the average figure over the five and a half hours long transmission was 1,873,000 viewers.
- Vasaloppet’s website vasaloppet.se had, during Vasaloppet’s Sunday 2013, all of 598,502 unique visitors (with a total of 8,592,418 page shows). A record!
- Vasaloppet has different number series for the different rows or groups. In the elite group there are start numbers 1–300, in start group one there are start numbers 1000–1499 etc. Ladies have yellow start number bibs, start numbers 17000–18999, and Vasalopps veterans (those who have skied over 30 races) have orange number bibs and start numbers 30000–30349.
- Bengt Eriksson, Sälens IF, has skied 60 consecutive races 1953–2013! (54 Vasalopp and 6 Öppet Spår.)
- Börje Karlsson, Landsbro IF, skies his 56th Vasalopp this year, but these have not been consecutive.
- Torsten Löfgren, IK Jarl, was in 2011 the first to ski 50 “real” Vasalopps consecutively. He has now skied 52 “real” Vasalopps and on Sunday skies his 53rd race.
- Up to this year, 838 Vasalopps veterans (of whom, three ladies) have skied 30 or more Vasalopp/Öppet Spår. 42 participants who have skied 29 races have this year registered entries to ski their 30th race.
- At Vasaloppet’s start field in Sälen there are normally 52 tracks in breadth. The start field’s collective track lengths are as long as the whole race itself. In total, in Vasalopps Arena between Sälen and Mora, there are during the winter week 2,550 kilometres of ski tracks.
- Each participant in Vasaloppet’s winter week drinks almost a litre of Ekströms blueberry soup. Together, in 2013, they drank 41,600 litres Ekströms blueberry soup, 35,000 litres sport drinks, 16,100 litres vegetable bouillon and 4,150 litres coffee at the various control checkpoints. Also consumed are 133,100 Vasalopps buns. And, after the finish, some 6,000 litres of fruit juice is consumed. And for all this, 691,000 paper mugs are used, all of which are sorted at source for renewed paper packaging!
- Entry registration to Vasaloppet 2015, and the other seven races in Vasaloppets winter week 2015, opens at vasaloppet.se on 16 March 2014 at 09.00. Moreover, in the summer there is Vasaloppets summer week with both CykelVasan (mountainbike), UltraVasan (running), and VasaStafetten (relay running race for 10 person teams) with, so far, over 16,000 registered participants.
- Vasaloppet’s operations annually generate about 18 million SEK back to sports!
This is as yet only available in Swedish but can be of interest! It contains everything (!) about Vasaloppet, from past to present – a Vasaloppet Bible! New for this year is that we can offer a digital version at www.vasaloppet.se/faktaguide.
Coming Arrangements in Vasalopps Arena:
Vasaloppets summer week 2014:
Friday 15 Aug: CykelVasan 30. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Friday 15 Aug: UngdomsCykelVasan.30 km. Start Oxberg.
Friday 15 Aug: CykelVasan 45. 45 km. Start. Oxberg.
Saturday 16 Aug: CykelVasan 90. 95 km. Start. Sälen. (12,000 entries. FULL 22/09/2013.)
Saturday 23 Aug: UltraVasan 45. 45 km. Running race. Start. Oxberg.
Saturday 23 Aug: UltraVasan 90. 90 km. Running race. Start. Sälen. (850 entries. FULL 22/09/2013)
Saturday 23 Aug: VasaStafetten. 4.5–15.1 km. Running relay for 10 person teams. Start Sälen.