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Pippa Middleton to ski in Sweden's Vasaloppet

Pippa Middleton to ski in Sweden's Vasaloppet

Published: 28 Feb 2012 10:40 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Feb 2012 10:40 GMT+01:00

Philippa "Pippa" Middleton, sister-in-law to Britain's Prince William, is set to compete in Sweden’s annual Vasaloppet cross-country ski race in a bid to raise money to fight children’s hunger.

Middleton and her brother James, siblings of Princess Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge, have signed their names to take part in the 90 km race on Sunday, March 4th, together with 15,800 other registered participants.

“It is now confirmed. We have been contacted by a person close to them who has asked us if we could arrange this," said Per Strid, Vasaloppet spokesperson said in a statement.

"It’s really fantastic that such well known people will take part; it shows that our arrangements attract not only the most renowned skiers in the world but also some of the most famous personalities in the world as well! Everyone does it because it’s a challenge and achievement to ski Vasaloppet."

As a result of the royal participants, event organizers are anticipating increased media attention from Britain, and are taking measures to ensure adequate information is provided to help foreign media find their way to the course from the airport.

The Middletons are following in the footsteps of their older sister, Kate, who has been a strong advocate of charity work in the past.

Pippa has confirmed that children’s hunger will be the target problem their charity work will address.

“My brother and I are raising money for Magic Breakfast, a small registered charity that fights child hunger through breakfast clubs and delivering free breakfasts (bagels, cereal, juice and porridge) to thousands of state primary school children in the UK particularly our inner cities,” Middleton wrote on her JustGiving.com donation website.

So far, the Middleton siblings have raised £4,657 ($7,379) including one donation of £1,000.

Inspired by a now-mythical journey by Sweden's future king Gustav Vasa, who was locked in fierce struggle against invading Danes in 1521, the Vasaloppet has grown into one of Sweden's most-watched sporting events.

Swedish royals are no strangers to the race, with King Carl XVI Gustaf braving the cold in 1977, Prince Carl Philip in 2004 and Princess Madeleine in 2008.

Oliver Gee (oliver.gee@thelocal.se)

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13:09 February 28, 2012 by JulieLou40
Why is this news?
13:46 February 28, 2012 by Opinionfool
@JulieLou40

That's a great question. Another is 'why should we care?'
13:47 February 28, 2012 by Gletta
Should win - all the blokes will be right behind her.
14:13 February 28, 2012 by hejsweden
shes fit as!!!

Bang tidy!!!
14:40 February 28, 2012 by Åskar
I just wonder how many British Philippas are aware of what their nick name means in Swedish.
15:16 February 28, 2012 by Greysuede
Who's is she? Nobody knows...

Cheesy British fund raising tricks to get attention when one can tackle the child poverty simply by not making ongoing troubles in Africa and Middle East.

British owe to all refugees and asylum seekers in Europe. I wonder why the hell UK just don't take all these asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East in entire Europe back to Britain?

Down with British bloody Imperialism and Greed!
15:23 February 28, 2012 by prince T
You are all ignorant. This particular lady will draw the attention all major new networks in the world to the event. I am sure the organisers are happy that she is coming.
15:34 February 28, 2012 by duncs
I'd pipp-er
15:43 February 28, 2012 by Opinionfool
@greysuede

"Who is she? Nobody knows..."

Actually nobody cares.

@prince T

Would be nice to think that and we'd all wish it to be so but the press will attend solely to see her and broadcast her falling on her ass. The publicity machine is only concerned with her. Might create a security nightmare too, as a close relation of a English royal she could become a target for all sorts of nutters ... not just of journos.
15:46 February 28, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Agree with prince T. She is making use of her celebrity to raise money for charity. Appalling to see how many posters can find fault with that.
16:51 February 28, 2012 by skogsbo
I can only presume that all the negative posters, are in fact particular generous with their own time and money to lots of charities.
17:22 February 28, 2012 by Gletta
Well I guess she is not well known but I also suspect her fund raising will make more of a difference to peoples lives than some of the posters here. Hey, grey suede I bet you are not to well known - lets see what you can do to change peoples lives for the better
17:48 February 28, 2012 by Garry Jones
I have lived in Mora since emigrating from London 24 years ago and I hope to exchange a few words with her on Saturday.

Being President of the Dalarna Cycling Federation I am hoping to invite her back in the summer for a local cycling event I organise. Watch this space!
17:54 February 28, 2012 by Opinionfool
@skogsbo (and Gletta)

The cause of much of the problem of childhood hunger can be laid full-square at the door of the family into which Middleton's sister recently married. Recovering from the oppression of people's in the Indian sub-continent and Africa sadly is still happening and one guesses will continue for another generation at least. Treating people as slaves ir near-slaves for the benefit of a few living back in England needs more than her token gesture.

If her participation were to provoke her sister's new in-laws into repaying the fortunes stolen by their forebears rather than continuing use it to live in lavish style while others die of hunger then I might just be impressed by Pippa Middleton being involved in this competition. However, as her sister's dead mother-in-law had little effect on that family I doubt that anything she does will see any change either.
18:58 February 28, 2012 by OUIJA
Pippa, Pippa. Hoorah for Pippa. Let's pip.. her if she likes to be pip.. She was a nothing when someone discovered her well and rounded ... Now, she is hotter than the "hot" nurse whose picture was changed by the puritans of The Local. Besides, she is a Brit and that makes the news more exiting for the Swedish tabloids. At least more exiting than reading about Carl Bildt's wishes to convert Sweden into a super power.
20:01 February 28, 2012 by planet.sweden
@Opinionfool

Congratulations for choosing an appropriate blogging name, but the positive aspects of your post end there. Your knowledge of history seems to be derived from nothing more than a mixture of Mel Gibson movies and your own blinkered bigotry.

The 'British Empire' such as it was, amounted to by far the most benign empire the world has ever known. Others who have run far less benign empires include:

Italians

Egyptians

Greeks

Persians

Chinese

Zulus

Mongols

Turks

Arabs

Swedes

Russians

Spaniards

French

Dutch

Portuguese

Germans

Japanese

Mexicans

Peruvians

Your singling out of the one empire which was predicated on trade and law rather than conquest, truly identifies you as an opinionated fool.
20:13 February 28, 2012 by wxman
Pippa can ski on my Vasaloppet anytime!
20:46 February 28, 2012 by Opinionfool
@planet_sweden

Yes no problem that my opinions may appear foolish. At least I recognise that possibility.

You're presented a nice list of other empires some of which, I grant, are related to the family into which Middleton's sister has married; after all Victoria and Alert breed like rabbits.

As to your comment: 'Your singling out of the one empire which was predicated on trade and law rather than conquest, truly identifies you as an opinionated fool.' I see you've been reading the history books of my country of birth and using spectacles of the same hue as the British Empire used to be coloured on maps. But take a moment and ask say Gandhi in India, the leaders of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, just for a couple from the 20th century, or you could ask say someone like William WIlberforce and John Newton of the late 18th early 19th century, or those how laid siege to Khartoum and killed Gordon there, or the Aboriginis or Maoris in Australia and New Zealand how benign the English empire was.
01:45 February 29, 2012 by Garry Jones
Take it out in the playground lads, her brother-in-law is at the moment defending the realm against invaders.

Let's stick to the more serious issue of how she will cope here between Sälen and Mora. It's 90 very tough kilometres and really only something avid cross-country skiers should attempt. I wish her luck, along with the other 15+ thousand people. During this week of events 62 + thousand people are set to cross the finish line.

I am "finish-line" marshall on Saturday morning when hundreds of kids (2-10) do the last 900m of the course. Always fun to see the joy on their faces.
04:25 February 29, 2012 by volvoman9
Hubba Hubba.
07:55 February 29, 2012 by skogsbo
Garry, I have a feeling through the winter months she has been busy socialising and not putting in the mileage. But, who knows, she is doing it with her brother, so perhaps they have a bit of background. She could have picked one of the shorter races, it's not like she can't afford to take professional advice on the matter. Either way great PR for Sweden, helps tourism and keeps Sweden as a destination in peoples minds.
09:52 February 29, 2012 by Opinionfool
@garry

"defending the realm"! Hell yeah, protecting a few sheep farmers on a rock in the south Atlantic, a piece of ground that the English have dubious rights to in the first place and only wants to hold on to so they can make a land grab for mineral rights in Antartica.

But my point still stands that new brother-in-law's family are culpable for much of the hunger that Ms. Middleton Jr is raising funds to stop. One gift from that family could see an end to childhood hunger (and many fatal childhood diseases) at a stroke. Will do it? Not bl****y likely. Too busy keeping their own lives in luxury and comfort to do that.
10:09 February 29, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
hope she`s well trained, not planning just to turn up having never tried on a pair of X country skis ! as doing 90km as a novice you have to have a bit of luck....probably get caught by the first rope ...if she makes it that far ......took me 10 years to manage 30km..let alone 90 ! still...she has her youth
11:01 February 29, 2012 by OUIJA
Stop commenting! Are we going to honour her nickname and try to pip her? or we will just cross our fingers hoping she will run the race some hundred meters and that the cameras will show how her buttocks move to the right, to the left, and so on, till she falls. Then, The Local will have a headline saying: "Poor Pippa. She hurt her buttocks." And a lead as follows: "Pippa Middleton could not complete her participation in the Vasaloppet because she fell just 89.900 meters from the finish line and she hurt her buttocks". What a news story.
12:44 February 29, 2012 by Opinionfool
@ouija

It's all a publicity rump (sic). The money spent on refurbing her sister's new abode would have been better spent on feeding the children her charity is supposed to be "caring for".

You think you'd get close enough to her for some pip-ing? Her security detail will cost more than she raises.
13:33 February 29, 2012 by OUIJA
@Opinionfool

O.K. What is wrong with daydreaming? And you are completely right. Her security detail will cost more than she raises, unless there are some millionaires around willing to pay the price of bribing her security details. O.K. One more I lose for not having enough money.I will have to wait until I win the lottery which I won't, 'cause I do not play the lottery.
17:46 February 29, 2012 by Groda
And this is news why?
21:12 February 29, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
She is some girl. Very capable, educated at a top English Public School. She is the sort of person that is very welcome here.
21:14 February 29, 2012 by OUIJA
Because she is not Pippi Långstrump, but Pippa Bigrump. So simple.
16:23 March 1, 2012 by Atlas
TL, being the sister-in-law of a prince doesn't necessarily make someone a royal. Check your writing : "As a result of the royal participants, event organizers are anticipating increased media attention from Britain"
17:02 March 1, 2012 by OUIJA
@Atlas You are expecting way too much from The Local. Just be happy that they know sometimes how to write properly even if they do not know what in the hell they wrote.
18:13 March 1, 2012 by wabasha
i bet a million kr she doesn't make it past half way! and really, $7000 (so far) for her charity??? thats all? with such low numbers it hardly seems worth it for such an important beloved person. pippi who?
20:40 March 1, 2012 by Lukestar1991
I cant believe how may losers there are on these forums. What a non story. Still, we know more each day about the kind of people who run The Local.
20:58 March 1, 2012 by OUIJA
@Lukestar1991

You just discovered the lukewarm water. Welcome to the club. Nevertheless, I would like to have had the chance to pippa Pippa. Wouldn't you?
14:53 March 3, 2012 by cogito
Who or what is a pippa?

Day's award for non-news?

But this sort of comment (#33)always makes it all worthwhile:

20:40 March 1, 2012 by Lukestar1991

"I cant believe how may losers there are on these forums"

@Lukestar: And yet here you are!
20:27 March 4, 2012 by skogsbo
wabasha, 7hrs 13mins, she finished 412th in her womens' class. A very respectable time for anyone, let alone someone who doesn't live where there is snow on the ground 3,4,5,6 months of the year.

Any comment.
20:00 March 5, 2012 by scallywagy
Oh dear such are the the vagrant inconveniences in a hawt bixch's life…

I'm afraid even I am blushing...

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/03/oh-no-whos-the-creep-trying-to-make-out-with-pippa/
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