The Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships invite you to experience the world’s best ski racers from the front row in the Swedish National Area. But even beyond the field of play, the world’s best athletes will be fighting for the honors. Saturday, 9 February will see Åre 2019 offer something totally unique – with a few world champions at the start.
– It’s really exciting. I have never tried anything similar. I’ve seen a video of skijoring and it looks awesome, said ski cross world champion Victor ”VÖN” Öhling Norberg.
If you’ve never heard of skijoring before, here we go: A horse with a rider pulling a skier. The skier collecting rings along a course with jumps, gates and banks. Missing a ring or losing one will result in a point penalty.
Why does one of the world’s best ski cross racers want to be part of the spectacle?
–I’m in because I’ve never tried anything like this and want to give it a try. I love challenges and want to win!
How does skijoring differ from ski cross?
–Haha, ski cross is nothing like this. Maybe I’ll have an advantage because I am used to racing one-on-one with others and doing a few things at the same time while ski racing, added Victor Öhling Norberg.
Besides Victor Öhling Norberg, Åre 2019 Skijoring participants include wind surfing world champion Andrea Holm and a number of other well-known freeskiers.
When?Saturday, 9 February at 17:00 CET
What? Horses from Wången in Jämtland with selected crazy skiers
Where?In the center of Åre, along Årevägen
Who?Sverre Liljequist, Alexander Rydén, Victor Öhling Norberg, Wille Lindberg, Per Jonsson, Tom-Oliver Hedvall, Andrea Holm, Daniel Matthias
Skijoring made its official debut as a competition sport at the Nordic Games 1901 in Stockholm. Back then, reindeer were used as horsepower. Already the Sami employed reindeer to pull themselves around the mountains on skis several hundred years ago. Skijoring with horses, or equestrian skijoring, was included as one of the sports at the very first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix in 1924. Perhaps we will see it re-enter at the Olympic Winter Games in 2026?