A Press Conference was held at the Swedish Embassy in Beijing last Thursday in preparation for Summer Ski Sprint 2009, Aershan Stage.
Present were Vice Mayor of Aershan City, Mrs Guo Lingyun, Chief of Xingan League Sports Bureau, Mr Liu Zhichen, Secretary of the Chinese Ski Association, Mr Gao Xuedong, Swedish Ambassador to China, Mr Mikael Lindstrom, founder and honorary president of Nordic Ways, Mr Gavert Waag and journalists from CCTV-5 and China Sports Daily etc.
Anders Högberg could with his victory in Aershan Stage and his 5th place in Yakeshi take home the trophy of the total winner of Summer Ski Sprint. Norwegian junior Maiken Caspersen Falla made a perfect tournament and became an unthreatened champion by finishing number one in both the sprint stages.
Maiken who finished with the fastest time in the Qualifications, closely followed 3 hundreds of a second by Mirva Rintala and then
Sweden’s Anders Hogberg continues to reap victories in China. Today，the winner of Tour de Ski China 08/09 took the leading position in Summer Ski Sprint 2009 by winning the men’s competition in the Aershan Stage. The track was 2 laps on a 520 m course and today’s competitions started with a qualification race in which Trond Iversen, NOR was the fastest with 1.13.04, closely followed by Thobias Fredriksson, SWE and Olympic sprint gold medalist Bjoern Lind SWE. Anders was on an 8th position after the qualification, 1.95 after Iversens time.
Nordic Ways has received confirmation from some international top skiers that they will take part in Summer Ski Sprint 2009.
One of them is Hilde G Pedersen, a veteran on the international cross country skiing scene and winner of Summer Ski Sprint in 2008. Others are Swedish skier Bjorn Lind, double sprint Gold medalist in Torino Olympics and Thobias Fredriksson, also a World Championships sprint gold medalist.