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Princess Sofia takes to the slopes in the world’s largest all women race

On Saturday Princess Sofia of Sweden competed in Tjejvasan, the largest women-only ski race in the world. Her husband, children and parents stood along the track to cheer on the Princess.

Braving the cold, Princess Sofia headed to the start at Oxberg to participate for the first time in the Tjejvasan ski race. Princess Sofia was accompanied by her good friend Cajsa Larsson who is also Prince Alexander’s godmother.

The Tjejvasan ski race is a 30km competition and only women can participate. The ski race celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The Princess finished at the classic finish line portal in Mora.

Princess Sofia (seated, holding Prince Alexander) and her good friend Cajsa Larsson (right in pale dress) competed in the ski race together. (Photo: Mattias Edwall, Kungahuset.se)

Princess Sofia was registered as number 5598 and her friend Cajsa Larsson was number 5599. They were just two of the 7,618 women taking part in the ski race. Princess Madeleine also participated in the Tjejvasan ski race in 2008.

After the race, Princess Sofia was welcomed by her husband Prince Carl Philip and her two sons Prince Alexander (almost 2) and Prince Gabriel (6 months). Also Sofia’s parents, Erik and Marie Hellqvist stood at the finish line to congratulate their daughter with her participation. Sofia took the time to pose alongside her parents and sons for the press photographers.

This was not the first ski race in which Princess Sofia has participated in. The Princess grew up in the Vasaloppet municipality Älvdalen and has been confronted with the sport ever since she was born.

She has so far competed in the Stafettvasan ski race twice. In 2014 the newly-wed Princess Sofia and Prince Carl Philip participated in the Vasaloppet together. The Vasaloppet is a well-known Swedish ski race with famous participants as King Carl XVI Gustaf, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton.

Last year, the Prince Couple also followed the Vasaloppet as spectators alongside the track. Also her husband Prince Carl Philip has a record of several ski races in which he competed.

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