Britta Johansson Norgren won the 29th Tjejvasan with a new record time: 1.16.44. Britta broke the earlier record by a minute and 46 seconds. In brilliant sunshine and hard, solid tracks, Britta shot off at full speed right from the start. After Hökberg she was skiing solo towards her victory and the new record.“This was amazing. An incredible experience,” said Britta after her second straight victory in Tjejvasan.
“Everything went right today, my form and technique. The surface was completely incredible, skis, everything,” Britta continued.
8,150 participants were registered for Tjejvasan 2017. A new record in these fine track conditions came as no surprise to Britta.“I was pretty sure the record would be broken today. No matter who crossed the finish line first,” she said.
Johansson Norgren will be awarded 50,000 SEK for the victory and 50,000 SEK for the new record. Britta’s tactic before the race was to go for the Hökberg spurt prize, using that momentum to continue at full speed through the checkpoint, not taking any fluids there.“Linn (Sömskar) drove hard there, and my thinking was to counter that and then keep moving fast after the spurt prize,” Britta said.
At first it looked like Maria Nordström and Emilia Lindstedt would catch back up with Britta. But then the distance grew and, with more reserved skiing, Nordström and Lindstedt were rejoined by Sofia Henriksson, Linn Sömskar and Elin Mohlin.“It felt good and I enjoyed it, but I couldn’t get too comfortable. I had no real idea of how my time compared to the record. But I felt it should be good since I was so far ahead of the others,” Johansson Norgren explained.
Only three previous skiers have been able to defend their Tjejvasan victories the year after winning. Britta has now become the fourth. Those that managed that achievement before her were Anna Frithioff, Marie-Helene ”Billan” Westin and Susanne Nyström“My whole season has been structured around this week and, above all, Vasaloppet,” Britta continued.
Of course it was also nice to get a confirmation of good form before Vasaloppet. Britta’s team leader in Lager 157 Ski Team, Anton Järnberg, said this after the triumph:“It was mighty impressive and awesome to see. Her technique worked well and I think a lot depends on that. Britta has been doing well all winter, it’s just that Katerina Smutná has been a little better.”
In the fight for the places behind Johansson Norgren, Emilia Lindstedt had the strongest spurt and took the second place narrowly ahead of Maria Nordström and Sofia Henriksson.
Emilia was ready for Johansson Norgren to drive hard at the Hökberg checkpoint.“I had a feeling that Britta would go there. I was fairly ready for it. I had hopes that I would be able to hang on but a gap grew pretty quickly, and she is so incredibly strong,” said Lindstedt.
Emilia, together with Maria Nordström, first appeared able to catch up with Britta again.“I thought me and Maria would hang on for a while, but we simply didn’t have the energy. We do not have the same power as Britta.”
When the gap to Britta had grown, the group behind skied more cautiously.“We were all a bit leery. No one wanted to burn their energy before the spurt. I felt strong at the end even though I’d been up front, and had hopes that I could finish as second. I’m very satisfied.”
Maria Nordström took third place right ahead of Sofia Henriksson. Also in the spurt, five and six seconds behind, came Elin Mohlin and Linn Sömskar as fifth and sixth.
Results Tjejvasan 20171 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF, 1.16.442 Emilia Lindstedt, Falun Borlänge SK, 1.19.183 Maria Nordström, Ulricehamns IF, 1.19.194 Sofia Henriksson, Piteå Elit SK, 1.19.195 Elin Mohlin, Åsarna IK, 1.19.246 Linn Sömskar, IFK Umeå, 1.19.267 Laila Kveli, Norway, 1.20.598 Hedda Bångman, Offerdals SK, 1.21.139 Sandra Olsson, Malungs IF, 1.22.0210 Jenny Larsson, Gellivare Skidallians, 1.22.02
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NoteworthyThe first prize in Tjejvasan 2017 is 50,000 SEK. Add to that the record bonus of 50,000 SEK.ICA’s spurt prize in Hökberg: Linn Sömskar, IFK Umeå, 29.30,8DHL spurt prize in Eldris: Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF, 54.22,4
The three previous years have brought three of the four fastest ever winning times in Tjejvasan: Susanne Nyström’s old record time from 2008 was 1.18.30, Laila Kveli’s winning time in 2015 was 1.19.11 and Britta Johansson Norgren’s 2016 winning time was 1.19.25.
Registration for Tjejvasan 2018 and the other races of Vasaloppet’s Winter Week 2018 opens on Sunday, March 19, 09:00 at vasaloppet.se.
Watch SVT’s Tjejvasan broadcast on SVT Playhttp://www.svt.se/sport/vintersport/video/videoEpisod-12563199Watch Britta Johansson win and SVT interviews with the top skiershttp://www.svt.se/sport/vintersport/tjejvasan-2
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FACTS/ Tjejvasan winners through the ages1988 Karin Värnlund, IFK Mora1989 Marie Johansson, Dala-Järna IK1990 Cancelled1991 Anna Frithioff, Kvarnsvedens GoIF1992 Anna Frithioff, Kvarnsvedens GoIF1993 Carina Görlin, Hudiksvalls IF1994 Marie Helene Östlund, Hudiksvalls IF1995 Marie Helene Östlund, Hudiksvalls IF1996 Kerrin Petty, IFK Moras SK1997 Karin Öhman, Stockviks Skidförening1998 Bente Martinsen, Norway1999 Elin Ek, Bergeforsens SK2000 Annika Evaldsson, IFK Mora SK2001 Anita Moen, Norway2002 Emelie Öhrstig, Stockviks Skidförening2003 Ulrica Persson, SK Bore2004 Hilde G Pedersen, Norway2005 Sofia Bleckur, IK Jarl2006 Elin Ek, IFK Mora SK2007 Susanne Nyström, Piteå Elit SK2008 Susanne Nyström, Piteå Elit SK2009 Susanne Nyström, Piteå Elit SK2010 Susanne Nyström, IFK Mora SK2011 Jenny Hansson, Östersunds SK2012 Susanne Nyström, Laisvalls SK2013 Susanne Nyström, Laisvalls SK2014 Sofia Bleckur, IFK Mora SK2015 Laila Kveli, Norway2016 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF2017 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF
Most Tjejvasan victories (1988–2017)Susanne Nyström (6 wins), Anna Frithioff, Marie-Helene Östlund, Elin Ek, Sofia Bleckur and Britta Johansson Norgren (2 wins each).
FACTS/ Places left in Vasaloppet’s Winter Week 2017There are still start places available in all races except the three which are fully booked: Öppet Spår Sunday, Nattvasan and Vasaloppet.
More facts about Tjejvasan and Vasaloppet’s Winter Week 2017 can be found in Vasaloppet’s Facts Guide 2017 (in Swedish only)http://www.vasaloppet.se/faktaguide
Events in the Vasaloppet Arena
Vasaloppet Winter Week 2017Fri 24 Feb: Kortvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.Sat 25 Feb: Tjejvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.Sun 26 Feb: Ungdomsvasan. 3, 5, 7 or 9 km. Start Mora Ski Stadium.Sun 26 Feb: Öppet Spår Sunday. 90 km. Start Sälen. (FULL 170130)Mon 27 Feb: Öppet Spår Monday. 90 km. Start Sälen.Tue 28 Feb: Halvvasan. 45 km. Start Oxberg.Fri 3 Mar: Stafettvasan. 9–24 km. Five-person teams. Start Sälen.Fri 3 Mar: Nattvasan. 90 km. Two-person teams. Start Sälen. (FULL 160320)Sat 4 Mar: Blåbärsloppet (formerly Öppet Spår 9 km). 9 km. Start Eldris.Sun 5 Mar: Vasaloppet. 90 km. Start Sälen. (FULL 160320)
Vasaloppet Summer Week 2017Fri 11 Aug: Cykelvasan 30. 32 km. Start OxbergFri 11 Aug: Ungdomscykelvasan. 32 km. Start Oxberg.Fri 11 Aug: Cykelvasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.Fri 11 Aug: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår. 94 km. Start Sälen.Sat 12 Aug: Cykelvasan 90. 94 km. Start Sälen.Sat 19 Aug: Ultravasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.Sat 19 Aug: Ultravasan 90. 90 km. Start Sälen.Sat 19 Aug: Vasastafetten. 4.5–15 km. Running relay for ten-person teams. Start Sälen.Sat 19 Aug: Vasakvartetten. 19.1–24.2 km. Running relay for four-person teams. Start Sälen.
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