1st Time Indoor XC Skiing In Beijing
During June18 th-24th, Nordic Ways will host 15 professional cross country (XC) skiers from Europe to take part in the 4th China Summer Ski Tour. They will compete against the best skiers from China National Team. This year edition includes one competition in Yakeshi, Inner Mongolia, June 21st and another one display competition in Qiaobo Ice & Snow World, June 23rd, an indoor, down hill ski arena, in Beijing.
The first session of organizing summer XC races in Yakeshi, Inner Mongolia requires very careful preparation, especially for the snow-making and the snow- storage. A large amount of snow produced during the winter must be preserved until June. As the technical provider, Nordic Ways appreciate our local partners from Yakeshi Government for their great help.
For the first time ever, the summer tour includes a competition in Beijing. Andy Lai, Event Director of Nordic Ways, proudly says: “We are very satisfied that we have agreed with Qiaobo Ice & Snow World to organize a indoor display competition on June 23rd. This means that we develop an XC Ski Arena where Beijing can candidate to organize World Cup competitions in the future!”
Nordic Ways are honoured to have Bjorn Lind, 32-year-old Swedish double Olympic champion 2006 from Torino join us. Lind has taken his first place for the World Cup podium in 2002 and got his first WC victory in 2005. What’s more, he has become a Swedish national hero by taking gold medals for men’s individual and team sprint in the Torino Olympics in February 2006.
For the challengers to Bjorn Lind, they will be Peter Larsson from Sweden, Kjetil Dammen from Norway and Teodor Peterson also from Sweden. Larsson is known as the “Düsseldorf Express Train” because of his dominating Düsseldorf season opening WC winner for four times during 2002-2005. And Dammen took part in China Tour de Ski and became winner of Xiwuqi 4K stage last year. What’s more, Teodor Peterson,who was in the Swedish team for Vancouver Olympics last winter, will also join this very challenge.
Last but not least, the overall winner for last year in ladies FIS Marathon Cup, Jenny Hansson, from Sweden will come to China for her first time and she’s for sure to be quite a challenge for the well doing Chinese ladies National Team.
Link to watch Bjorn Lind’s fabulous victories during Torino Olympics 2006:
Bjorn Lind,Sweden getting Men individual sprint Olympic gold medalist, Torino 2006
Peter Larsson taking one of his legendary Düsseldorf WC sprint victories.
Kjetil Dammen, Norway as winner of Xiwuqi 4K sprint stage in China Tour de Ski 2009-2010
Jenny ansson, Sweden, total winner of FIS Marathon Cup 2009-2010. Photo: Kjell-Erik Kristiansen