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Over 5,000 take part in Changchun Worldloppet Skiing Festival

Updated: Jan 3,2015 9:43 AM     Xinhua

CHANGCHUN — The 13th Worldloppet/Vasaloppet China 2015 Skiing Festival kicked off in Changchun on Jan 2, with over 5,000 fans from around the world taking part.

Angelo Corradini, President of the Worldloppet Ski Federation (WSF), said during the opening ceremony that this year’s event is more international and professional.

“It’s my second time to come here. The weather in Changchun is pretty cold, but it’s suitable for the competition, I hope I could do my best to get good results,” said Jesper Arnesson, a Swede who took part in the 50km skiing race.

“The starting point and racing track is quite different from five years ago,” said Man Dandan, a Chinese skier. “I wish our team will gain better results and we will spare no efforts.”

“It doesn’t snow at all in my country. It’s fabulous to see snow and do winter sports in China,” said Germana, a student from Fiji. “I wanna share my photos here with my family.”

Vasaloppet, a Nordic winter game, originated from Sweden in 1922.