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World Champion Victor Öhling Norberg to face a new challenge at Åre 2019

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One of Sweden’s coolest skiers will face a completely new challenge at Åre 2019. The reigning ski cross world champion Victor Öhling Norberg is one of the participants in Åre 2019 Skijoring. The night of equestrian skijoring is expected to become one of the highlights of the World Championships.

Victor Öhling Norberg, skicross World Champion in 2017, will participate in Åre 2019 Skijoring in February. Photo by the Swedish Ski Association.
Victor Öhling Norberg, skicross World Champion in 2017, will participate in Åre 2019 Skijoring in February. Photo by the Swedish Ski Association.

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

About Skijoring

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?

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Victor Öhling Norberg, skicross World Champion in 2017, will participate in Åre 2019 Skijoring in February. Photo by the Swedish Ski Association.
Victor Öhling Norberg, skicross World Champion in 2017, will participate in Åre 2019 Skijoring in February. Photo by the Swedish Ski Association.
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Scheduled from 4-17 February 2019, Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will mark the third time that the second largest winter sport event after the Olympic Winter Games is held in Åre, Sweden. After the 1954 and 2007 editions, Åre 2019 will welcome the world’s top skiers and some 120’000 visitors to an epic celebration of skiing, snow and winter. The 11 medal competitions staged in the unique atmosphere of the leading Scandinavian ski resort will excite millions of global viewers and inspire great numbers to join the sport in active practice.  

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