Polish skier Kowalczyk shuns World Cup for 90k mass event
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Polish Olympic gold medalist, Justyna Kowalczyk will skip international ski racing this weekend in favour of a 90-kilometre mass event in Sweden.
Polish cross-country skier Justyna Kowalczyk wins the 10 km pursuit race at the Tour de Ski in Oberhof, Germany, 30 December 2012. EPA/Hendrik Schmidt Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
Vasaloppet, or the Vasa Race, named after the Swedish royal dynasty whose members were also elected to the Polish throne, is the world’s oldest, longest and biggest (in terms of participant numbers) cross-country ski event.
The event is not part of the World Cup circuit, where Kowalczyk normally competes. The longest Olympic distance is 50 kilometres.
Five Polish skiers will compete in the World Cup races at Lahti, Finland. The women will run 10 kilometres, while men – 15 kilometres. (an)