The Danish Court has today announced on its website that H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will take part in Vasaloppet 2013 on Sunday 3 March. Vasaloppet can confirm that he is entered and that he will be taking part in the race.
H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik made his Vasaloppet debut in 2012 when he skied
the 90 kilometres in a time of 6 hours 36 minutes and 32 seconds, which gave a
5,794th place. Even then he said:”I shall perhaps be back another time. I
thought it was fantastic, a really good arrangement.”
For almost 500 years ago Gustav Eriksson Vasa was in flight in Dalarna from forces of the Danish King Kristian II. Now the Danish Crown Prince will again take up the hunt on the historic course but, of course, with entirely peaceful intentions! More than 1,100 Danes have registered entries to Vasaloppet’s winter week; of these, 547 are entered in the 89th Vasaloppet this Sunday, and Denmark is thereby the third biggest nation in Vasaloppet after Sweden and Norway.
“It’s really great that Frederik has chosen to take part again this year and an extremely clear indication that the event continues to hold a very high standard. It’ll be interesting to see if he can challenge his very fine time of six and a half hours from last year,” says Jon Svensson, Vasaloppet’s Marketing and Sales Manager.
The royal ski race:
The Swedish royal participation on the Vasaloppet course has been considerable over the years:
- King Carl XVI Gustaf, Vasaloppet 1977 with time 8.12.41; Öppet Spår 1987 with time 7.09.45; and Öppet Spår 1997 with time 7.37.00.
- Prince Carl Philip, Öppet Spår 2004 with time 6.21.52 and SkejtVasan 30 km 2012 with time 1.38.33.
- Princess Madeleine, TjejVasan 2008 with time 2.22.19.
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