Saturday at Holmenkollen
Published: Saturday 2008-03-08.
And thus I have performed my yearly practising in being a sports fool and visited Holmenkollen. Today it was, as is tradition, first the ladies’ thirty kilometres and then the men’s fifty kilometres, this year in free style and with a pit-stop to change skis. If you disregard that it kept raining, instead of snowing as the weather forecast said, it was a very nice day.
Beside the athletic achievements, where Charlotte Kalla took second place in her Holmenkollen debut and Andreas Södergren took his second victory, we also met up with my second cousin who has just moved to Oslo, and who like me came along with a parent to watch the skiing, although opposite from me, I came with my mother, whereas she came with her father.
This year there was a lot of spectators, it keeps varying quite a lot, but since this year’s race was the last in the current arena the interest was probably bigger than usual, normally it isn’t quite as many people when the Norwegian skiers aren’t doing that well; one year there was so few that they started letting people in for free by the end of the race to fill up, whereas in other years both the regular seats and extra seats on the opposite side have been filled to the maximum.
It is too bad that there will be no Holmenkollen race next year, because then it would have been the tenth time straight that I had been there, I have come there with my mother every year since I moved to Norway in 2000. But we will be back in 2010, and in 2011 the World Championships take place in Oslo, and I do not want to miss that.
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