Ski across Finland: Rajalta Rajalle Hiihto

FasterSkierMarch 29, 2004

JoAnn Hanowski has been one of the top female skiers on Team Rossignol for the past 15 years. She resides in Duluth, MN and is an avian ecologist at the University of MN Duluth.

It seemed like a simple plan, after 5 marathons in 8 weeks, I would end my ski season by skiing across Finland. No race entries and travel logistics, no flourocarbon waxes, no worries about mass starts and snow conditions. The idea was just to get up every day and ski, after all, “sometimes racing gets in the way of skiing” (a Gene-o quote). But here it was, day 5 of the 7 day trip and I am being asked to do an interview with the local newspaper reporter from Ranua (hardly low-key). It was my first finnish-english translated interview. Seems like I was the news of our group of 86 that were making the trip from the Russian to the Swedish border. I was the fast, American, professional woman skier, who was skiing the fastest of all the skiers in the “tour” this year. Apparently this was big news just south of the Arctic Circle.


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