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Worldloppet season kicks off
Skiers from around the world are converging on Falls Creek for the Kangaroo Hoppet, the opening event of the 2012/2013 Worldloppet season which will be held on 25th August. Good snowfalls have topped up the snow base, and with 50km of trails available for training, early arrivals are enjoying excellent conditions.
The Kangaroo Hoppet, Australia’s international ski marathon, traditionally opens the Worldloppet season which features 15 ski marathons on four continents including Asia, America, Australia and Europe.
With skiers in the seeded group from Russia, Canada, Sweden, Estonia, Switzerland and USA joining the best Australian skiers, the competition is expected to be exciting.
Favourites in the men's race are Russians Alexander Legkov and Ilya Chernousov. On the ladies‘ side, Maria Graefnings (SWE), Marina Chernousova (RUS), and Brooke Darlington (CAN) are expected to be leading the field.
As in all Worldloppet races, the event is not just for the elite. Most important are the popular skiers, many of whom are taking on the challenge of becoming a Worldloppet Master which means competing in all 15 ski marathons. Skiers from twenty-five other countries will join Australians at the start, including Norwegian sit skier and Worldloppet Master Ole Herman Ronnevig making his first trip to Australia.
Contributed by: Kangaroo Hoppet