The Noble Sport Of Skijoring (Skiing Behind a Horse)


Mashable’s Europeana brings us “Skijoring”: the word derives from the Norwegian skikjøring, which translates as “ski driving” in English. In a skijoring race, skiiers being pulled by a riderless horse on a frozen lake.

 

 

The race typically lasts between 5 and 20 kilometers, although the race in Kalevala, Russia is over 440 kilometers (270 miles).

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And its not just horses — skijoring participants might be pulled by dogs, reindeer and even yaks in place of their ski-poles.

The sport appeared in the Nordic games in 1901, 1905, and 1909. By 1928, it had gained sufficient profile to be included as a demonstration sport at the Olympic Games held in St. Moritz. All three medals were won by the Swiss.

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1928 was the first and last time skijoring would appear at the Olympics.

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