A normal cross-country skiing sprint race is about 1.5km long. If that’s comparable to the 400-meter event in track and field, then the super sprint is a drag race. Short, amazingly fast and explosive.
Tuesday, 5 February, after the ladies’ super-G at the National Arena, Swedish and Norwegian athletes will fight it out on cross-country skis at the Town Sprint Challenge presented by Åre 2019. Among the participants we will see Ludvig Sögnen Jensen, who is the world record holder in the 100-meter super sprint. He started out as a ”normal” cross-country skier just like everyone else and was relatively successful but after competing against the world’s top elite in an invitational super sprint event at Oslo’s Bislett stadium in 2013, he realized that his true talent was in the short-and-straight, man-on-man, first-across-the-finish-line format.
– It was a highlight to race against world stars such as Petter Northug, Federico Pellegrino, Nikita Kriukov and Teodor Pettersson,and of course the best thing about it all was that I won, said ”Ludde”.
He has since specialized in the super sprint which requires natural explosive speed and hard training for agility and strength.
– You also need a solid technique and natural talent since the race is only 11 seconds long. I really hope to be able to contribute to the future development of cross-country skiing through this, he said.
The Norwegian will be competing against, among others, Swedish World Cup skiers Karl-Johan Dyvik and Simon Lageson.
– I think it will be great! The town square is the perfect location for a super sprint and if there is a good crowd, the venue will provide a great backdrop for the show. The field of play only requires limited space so everyone is invited to play part in it. It will be awesome to present cross-country skiing’s Formula 1 to people who would not normally follow our sport.
On the ladies’ side, Team Norway will feature Marte Nordlunde and Team Sweden will include Linn Sömskar and Jackline Lockner. Junior elite skier Linn Svahn, who has started this season with a number of sprint victories, will also be a great contender for first place. In the Legends’ category, Olympic and world champion Torgny Mogren will be accompanied by Mathias Fredriksson, among others. Additional participants will be announced shortly.
Facts and Figures - Åre 2019 Town Sprint Challenge
What? Cross-country skiing sprint duel between Sweden and Norway. Individual results outranks Nationality which means that two Norwegian skiers or two Swedish skiers may end up racing against each other.
Categories? Ladies’ elite, men’s elite, ladies’ legends, men’s legends
When? Tuesday, 5 February, 16:00 CET
Where? Start at Country Club along Årevägen, finish at Åre Square
The competition is organized in cooperation with Jämtländska Sportkompaniet and Åre Event School and sponsored by Vattenfall and Europcar.
The full list of participants will be available soon. For more information visit