Preparing for the 35th Tjejvasan on Saturday, February 25, 2023
Tjejvasan, the world's largest ski race only for women, has counted a total of 193,077 finishes over the years. So far, 4,880 participants have registered for this year's race, which will be the 35th of its kind. Tjejvasan now has competition classes for both seniors (D21) and juniors (D17–20) as well as, of course, a large exercise class – and for those who want to participate, it's possible to register right up until the start. SVT will broadcast Tjejvasan live for the twelfth year in a row and we already know that we will have a new elite winner this year. The victor also gets 50 extra Ski Classics points as Tjejvasan is a Challenger race this year. Here we will present all the conditions ahead of Tjejvasan 2023.
Note: You can register on location at the race offices in Mora and Sälen starting Thursday, February 23 at 12:00. Registration can also be completed at the race office at the start point in Oxberg on Saturday.
About ten percent of participants ski in the competition classes while the rest are in the exercise class. The top 30 in Tjejvasan 2022 will have the same start number in Tjejvasan 2023 as their 2022 placement.
Since several of the winners of recent years have retired – such as Britta Johansson Norgren, Lina Korsgren and Laila Kveli – this year should see a new winner bringing home the victory wreath and the check for 50,000 SEK.
Right now, 15 of the top 25 in in this year's Ski Classics are also registered for Tjejvasan 2023. Anna Jönsson Haag (20th) is also participating, but as a skiing reporter for SVT.
Each season, every Ski Classics skier can count their best result from the Challengers series. Winning a Challenger race – such as Tjejvasan – is worth 50 points (compared to 200 points in a regular Ski Classics race and 300 points in Vasaloppet). Results also affect rankings, which determine starting positions at the Pro Tour races.
Note that both Magni Smedås, in first place, and Ida Dahl, in second place, have already secured their 50 points in a Challenger race, as they won roller ski races this past summer. Third place Emilie Fleten is the only one in the Ski Classics Champion top ten who hasn't yet participated in a Challenger race. The Tjejvasan placement is therefore a little extra important for Fleten.
Some other favourites: Linn Sömskar has been third and fifth in Tjejvasan these past two years. Jenny Larsson was fifth in both 2020 and 2021. Karolina Hedenström is fifth in Ski Classics Champion. Moa Lundgren and Märta Rosenberg are also registered.
From Czech Republic Sandra Schützová and Tereza Hujerova, and from France Jennifer Lambert.
As of Thursday, around 60 participants were registered for the new junior competition class (D17-20), which was introduced in 2022. Last year's winner Alba Björnsdotter is a junior this year too.
Additional registrations may happen right up until the start.
Start lists, live results, results lists and statistics can be found here
Follow participants in the official Vasaloppet app
Current standing in Ski Classics Champion 2022/23 women, after 10 of 14 races
1 Magni Smedås, Team Eksjöhus, 1630 points
2 Ida Dahl, Team Engcon, 1625
3 Emilie Fleten, Team Ramudden, 1305
4 Jenny Larsson, Team Ragde Charge, 1287
5 Karolina Hedenström, Lager 157 Ski Team, 1181
6 Kati Roivas, Team Næringsbanken Stora Enso, 1044
7 Sandra Schützová, Vltava Fund Ski Team, 898
8 Silje Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie, 835
9 Ida Palmberg, Team Ramudden, 774
10 Anikken Gjerde Alnes, Team Ragde Charge, 772
11 Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Aker Dæhlie, 770
12 Oona Kettunen, Team Kaskipuu, 685
13 Frida Erkers, Team Eksjöhus, 663
14 Hedda Bångman, Team Nordic Expérience, 626
15 Sofia Lindberg, Team Edux, 602
16 Sofie Elebro, Team Eksjöhus, 588
17 Hanna Lodin, Ski Team Göhlins, 561
18 Heli Heiskanen, Slavia Pojišťovna Sport Team, 550
19 Frida Hallquist, Team Engcon, 549
20 Anna Jönsson Haag, Team Kaffebryggeriet, 532
21 Julia Angelsiöö, Team Næringsbanken Stora Enso, 530
22 Karolína Grohová, eD system Silvini Team, 515
23 Linn Sömskar, Team Engcon, 461
24 Tereza Hujerová, Team Robinson Trentino, 400
25 Noora Kivikko, Team Edux, 387
Prizes in the senior class
Individual prizes in the form of training scholarships totalling 134,000 SEK (including sprint prizes) are awarded. The winner receives 50,000 SEK. The top 6 are all awarded prizes.
Hökberg sprint prize: 5,000 SEK. Eldris sprint prize: 5,000 SEK.
Placement medals – gold, silver and bronze – are awarded to those who place first, second and third. All participants who reach the finish line will receive a medal.
If a skier sets a new record time in Tjejvasan they will receive a 50,000 SEK record bonus. The current Tjejvasan record is from 2022 when Britta Johansson Norgren completed the race in 18.104.22.168, beating her own record time of 1.16.44 from 2017 by one minute and five seconds. Britta's time to Hökberg in 2022 was 28.36 min and Eldris 53.56 min.
Since 2022, there is a junior class (17–20 years) in Tjejvasan. This means that there are now two competition classes (senior and junior), as well as the regular exercise class where you can participate from the year you turn 17.
Tjejvasan's competition classes, including start groups Elite, 1A, 1B and 2, start at 09:00. After that, one group starts every 15 minutes. Individual prizes in the form of training scholarships are also awarded in the junior class, totalling 22,000 SEK to the top six participants. The junior class winner receives 10,000 SEK. Sprint prizes are only awarded in the senior class.
Should a junior competitor cross the finish line first of all, she would of course fully win Tjejvasan, receiving the victory wreath and 50,000 SEK, but it is not possible to win the prize money from both classes.
This year's Kransmas, the 35th, is Albin Gezelius, active within IFK Mora.
The Kransmas honorary award
When Tjejvasan celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018, a new tradition was introduced where all Kransmas through the years join together to raise money for a woven pillow from Mora Hemslöjd, embroidered with "Kransmasarnas hederspris Tjejvasan 2023" (The Kransmas honorary award Tjejvasan 2023). The pillow is awarded to the Tjejvasan victor.
Tjejvasan's competition jury 2023 consists of technical delegate Ingela Kälvedal, assistant technical delegate Anders Hermansson and competition leader Helene Söderlund.
The last five years in Tjejvasan
Results Tjejvasan 2018:
1 Katerina Smutná, Czech Republic, 1.35.26
2 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF, 1.35.27
3 Emilia Lindstedt, Falun Borlänge SK, 1.35.40
4 Lina Korsgren, Åre Längdskidklubb, 1.36.02
5 Hanna Falk, Ulricehamns IF, 1.36.26
6 Elin Mohlin, Hudiksvalls IF, 1.36.53
7 Julia Jansson, Sollefteå Skidor IF, 1.39.25
8 Lisa K Svensson, Åsarna IK, 1.39.26
9 Julia Angelsiöö, Storvreta IK, 1.39.26
10 Evelina Bångman, Offerdals SK, 1.39.27
Results Tjejvasan 2019:
1 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF, 1.21.03
2 Lina Korsgren, Åre Längdskidklubb, 1.21.04
2 Katerina Smutná, Czech Republic, 1.21.07
4 Emma Wikén, Åsarna IK, 1.21.09
5 Laila Kveli, Norway, 1.21.09
6 Elin Mohlin, Sockertoppen IF, 1.21.11
7 Frida Erkers, IFK Mora SK, 1.21.24
8 Sandra Olsson, Malungs IF, 1.21.29
9 Frida Hallqvist, Åsarna IK, 1.21.30
10 Ida Dahl, IFK Mora SK, 1.21.38
Results Tjejvasan 2020:
1 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF, 1.24.34
2 Lina Korsgren, Åre Längdskidklubb, 1.25.12
3 Ida Dahl, IFK Mora SK, 1.26.32
4 Katerina Smutná, Czech Republic, 1.26.33
5 Jenny Larsson, Östersunds SK, 1.28.25
6 Thea Krokan Murud, Norway, 1.29.05
7 Frida Hallqvist, Åsarna IK, 1.29.57
8 Jenny Solin, Sollefteå Skidor IF, 1.29.58
9 Sandra Olsson, Malungs IF, 1.30.41
10 Laila Kveli, Norway, 1.30.57
Results Tjejvasan 2021 (shorter distance, 27,5 km):
1 Lina Korsgren, Åre Längdskidklubb, 1.06.47
2 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF, 1.06.47
3 Linn Sömskar, IFK Umeå, 1.06.51
4 Laila Kveli, Norway, 1.06.52
5 Jenny Larsson, Östersunds SK, 1.06.57
6 Ida Dahl, IFK Mora SK, 1.06.57
7 Jenny Solin, Sollefteå Skidor IF, 1.07.26
8 Moa Hansson, Landsbro IF SK, 1.07.30
9 Elin Mohlin, Sockertoppen IF, 1.07.38
10 Sofie Elebro, Östersunds SK, 1.07.38
Results Tjejvasan 2022, senior class:
1 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF, 1.15.39 (Record time!)
2 Lina Korsgren, Korsnäs IF Skidklubb, 1.15.41
3 Magni Smedås, Norway, 1.16.18
4 Ida Dahl, IFK Mora Skidklubb, 1.16.20
5 Linn Sömskar, IFK Umeå, 1.16.24
6 Evelina Settlin, Hudiksvalls Idrottsförening, 1.17.29
7 Jenny Solin, Sollefteå Skidor Idrottsförening, 1.17.30
8 Maria Jonasson, Falun Borlänge Skidklubb, 1.19.34
9 Laila Kveli, Norway, 1.19.35
10 Frida Hallqvist, Åsarna Idrottsklubb, 1.19.35
Results Tjejvasan 2022, junior class (D17–20):
1 Alba Björnsdotter, Järpens Skidklubb, 1.23.35
2 Linda-Louise Köld, Rehns Bandyklubb, 1.24.43
3 Maja Heikki, Sälens IF, 1.24.43
4 Alva Ersson, IFK Mora Skidklubb, 1.24.44
5 Ebba Karlsson, Täby IS Skidklubb, 1.24.44
6 Alice Widholm, Lidköpings Vinter-Sportklubb, 1.25.15
7 Flisa Ravald, Ås IF, 1.25.29
8 Tova Andersson, Brovallens IF, 1.25.29
9 Moa Hedman, Högbo GIF, 1.25.30
10 Hannah Sieberer, (AUT), Skeriol IF, 1.25.30
For additional historical results, click ”Results” on Vasaloppet's website vasaloppet.se
All Tjejvasan victors through the ages
1988 Karin Värnlund, IFK Mora
1989 Marie Johansson, Dala-Järna IK
1991 Anna Frithioff, Kvarnsvedens GoIF
1992 Anna Frithioff, Kvarnsvedens GoIF
1993 Carina Görlin, Hudiksvalls IF
1994 Marie Helene Östlund, Hudiksvalls IF
1995 Marie Helene Östlund, Hudiksvalls IF
1996 Kerrin Petty, IFK Moras SK
1997 Karin Öhman, Stockviks Skidförening
1998 Bente Martinsen, Norway
1999 Elin Ek, Bergeforsens SK
2000 Annika Evaldsson, IFK Mora SK
2001 Anita Moen, Norway
2002 Emelie Öhrstig, Stockviks Skidförening
2003 Ulrica Persson, SK Bore
2004 Hilde G Pedersen, Norway
2005 Sofia Bleckur, IK Jarl
2006 Elin Ek, IFK Mora SK
2007 Susanne Nyström, Piteå Elit SK
2008 Susanne Nyström, Piteå Elit SK
2009 Susanne Nyström, Piteå Elit SK
2010 Susanne Nyström, IFK Mora SK
2011 Jenny Hansson, Östersunds SK
2012 Susanne Nyström, Laisvalls SK
2013 Susanne Nyström, Laisvalls SK
2014 Sofia Bleckur, IFK Mora SK
2015 Laila Kveli, Norway
2016 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF
2017 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF
2018 Katerina Smutná, Czech Republic
2019 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF
2020 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF
2021 Lina Korsgren, Åre Längdskidklubb
2022 Britta Johansson Norgren, Sollefteå Skidor IF
Most Tjejvasan wins
Susanne Nyström (6 wins), Britta Johansson Norgren (5 wins), Anna Frithioff, Marie-Helene Östlund, Elin Ek and Sofia Bleckur (2 wins each).
Most top 3 placements in Tjejvasan
Britta Johansson Norgren (8 top three placements), Susanne Nyström (7 top three placements), Sofia Bleckur and Lina Korsgren (5 top three placements), Elin Ek and Emelie Öhrstig (4 top three placements), Anna Frithioff, Jenny Hansson, Emilia Lindstedt, Katerina Smutná (3 top three placements).
Youngest and oldest Tjejvasan victor
Karin Värnlund is Tjejvasan's youngest winner. She was 19 years and 114 days old when she won in 1988. The oldest winner is Hilde G Pedersen who was 39 years and 112 days old in 2004.
Biggest winning margin in Tjejvasan
In 1998, Bente Martinsen won 4 minutes and 15 seconds ahead of Emelie Öhrstig. The second longest winning margin is from 2017 when Britta Johansson Norgren set a new record time and won 2 minutes and 34 seconds ahead of Emilia Lindstedt.
Sprint finishes in Tjejvasan
Those placed first and second have been within one second of each other in 16 of the 34 Tjejvasan races. (In 2009 the top seven women crossed the finish line within three seconds.) Notably, 15 of the 18 latests races have been settled via sprints on the finishing stretch.
Years when the Tjejvasan victor was also fastest in Vasaloppet
Tjejvasan and Vasaloppet have had the same winner six times:
2003 Ulrica Persson
2010 Susanne Nyström
2011 Jenny Hansson
2017 & 2019 Britta Johansson Norgren
2021 Lina Korsgren
(Marie Johansson won Tjejvasan in 1989 and was the fastest woman in Vasaloppet that same year. But the Vasaloppet competition class for women wasn't introduced until 1997.)
Tjejvasan every year
The following women have participated in Tjejvasan every year since 1988 and are also registered this year:
Maj-Britt Flood, Mora
Ingegerd Karlsson, Berghem
Margareta Östensson Lindblom, Falun
Margareta Löfqvist, Västerås
Marianne Andersson, Mora
Sonja Dahlström, Idre
Average time and median time
The average Tjejvasan time, counting the near 200,000 participants over the years, is 3.13.52. The median time is 3.11.21. The average age in Tjejvasan 2023 is 42.4 years.
BROADCAST TIMES TJEJVASAN, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2023
Sveriges Television will broadcast Tjejvasan live 08:45–11:30 on SVT1 and SVT Play.
Commentator: Jacob Hård. Expert: Anders Blomquist. Elite skiing reporter: Anna Jönsson Haag.
Vasaloppet's streaming service Vasaloppet.TV will broadcast Tjejvasan from start to finish.
08:00–18:00 Follow participants through the arena via our fixed cameras at the start in Oxberg, the checkpoints in Oxberg, Hökberg and Eldris and the finish in Mora.
08:45–13:00 Tjejvasan Live. Watch the elites race to win in Tjejvasan 2023. The start is at 09:00.
Commentator: Martin Sellberg. Expert: Ida Ingemarsdotter.
13:00–13:30 Tjejvasan Awards Ceremony
13:30–18:00 Tjejvasan Live continued. Follow our live broadcast from the finish area in Mora with finishes, interviews and features from the arena until the last woman has crossed the finish line!
Sponsors on the track
In addition to Tjejvasan's two regular checkpoints in Hökberg and Eldris, several of Vasaloppet's sponsors are out along the track – to give you a little extra help and service.
12:00–15:00: Musical entertainment with Karolina and Jens from the house band 'Four on the floor' in Tingshusparken in Mora. Free entrance.
Awards ceremony Tjejvasan 2023
Prizes are awarded at the Vasaloppet finish in Mora at 13:00.
Vasaloppstrippeln – three 30-kilometre races during one calendar year
How about skiing Tjejvasan, cycling Cykelvasan 30 and running Trailvasan 30 in one and the same year?
Read more on Vasaloppstrippeln 2023 >
Registration for Tjejvasan 2024 – train all year
Tjejvasan 2024 runs on February 24 and registration opens on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 16:00 on vasaloppet.se.
Vasaloppet Events 2023
Vasaloppet's Winter Week 2023
Friday, February 23: Vasaloppet 30, 30 km, start Oxberg
Saturday, February 24: Tjejvasan, 30 km, start Oxberg
Sunday, February 25: Öppet Spår Sunday, 90 km, start Sälen
Sunday, February 25: Ungdomsvasan, 9 km, start Eldris, 19 km, start Hökberg
Monday, February 26: Öppet Spår Monday, 90 km, freestyle, start Sälen
Tuesday, February 27: Vasaloppet 45, 45 km, start Oxberg
Friday, March 1: Stafettvasan, 90 km, five-person teams, start Sälen
Friday, March 1: Nattvasan 30, 30 km, individually or two-person teams, freestyle, start Oxberg
Friday, March 1: Nattvasan 45, 45 km, individually or two-person teams, freestyle, start Oxberg
Friday, March 1: Nattvasan 90, 90 km, individually or two-person teams, freestyle, start Sälen
Saturday, March 2: Vasaloppet 10, 9 km, freestyle, start Eldris
Sunday, March 3: Vasaloppet, 90 km, start Sälen
Vasaloppet's Summer Week 2023
Friday, August 11: Ungdomscykelvasan, 32 km, start Oxberg
Friday, August 11: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår, 94 km, start Sälen
Friday, August 11: Cykelvasan 30, 32 km, start Oxberg
Friday, August 11: Cykelvasan 45, 45 km, start Oxberg
Saturday, August 12: Cykelvasan 90, 94 km, start Sälen
Friday, August 18: Trailvasan 10, 10 km, start Mora
Saturday, August 19: Ultravasan 90, 90 km, start Sälen
Saturday, August 19: Vasastafetten, 90 km, running relay for ten-person teams, start Sälen
Saturday, August 19: Ultravasan 45, 45 km, start Oxberg
Saturday, August 19: Trailvasan 30, 30 km, start Oxberg
Vasaloppstrippeln – ski, bike and run, all in one year
Vasaloppstrippeln is a challenge where you complete three races – skiing, cycling and running – during one and the same calendar year. Choose between 90, 45 or 30 kilometres.
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Vasaloppet is the world's biggest cross-country ski race. Vasaloppet's Winter Week with its cross-country skiing and Summer Week with mountain biking and running attract a total of almost 100,000 registered participants every year. Since the beginning in 1922 over 1.7 million participants have passed the finish line portal in Mora. Vasaloppet is a non-profit making organization owned by IFK Mora and Sälens IF. An engine for public health and sports club activities, in forefathers' tracks for future victories!