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cross country skiing

Brink wins Vasaloppet, again!

Published söndag 6 mars 2011 kl 12.24
Thousands fight it out each year. Photo: Ulf Palm/Scanpix

Swede Jörgen Brink has won this historic Vasaloppet cross-country ski race for the second year running. In a dramatic finish he just beat Czech Stanislav Rezac to the finishing line.

The marathon 90 kilometre race is held annually in the central Swedish country of Dalarna and is followed by millions on their televisions each year. Thousands take part in what could be called the skiing equivalent of the London or New York marathons.

Brink fell back during the middle of the race as he broke one of his ski poles, but after getting a replacement he pushed on.

"It feels great, it's fantastic, strong emotions! There's loads of adrenaline, just like last year" he told Swedish Radio Sports.

The Vasaloppet was first run in 1922, and is the world's longest running, oldest, and biggest ski race. It is inspired by a dash on skis by Swedish King Gustav Vasa to escape Danish troops back in 1520.

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