Vegard Ulvang to Ski and Speak at Birkie (Updated)

Alex KochonFebruary 15, 2012

Press release

Recognized as one of Norway’s Top Ten Nordic skiers of all time, Vegard Ulvang also just completed an 800-mile ski to the South Pole on December 14, 2011, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Amundsen’s famous expedition in 1911. Attend his rare presentation on Thursday, Feb. 23 of Birkie Week and hear first-hand from Ulvang about the experiences of his team during this historic trek. Check out the team’s South Pole Expedition Blog.

See Vegard Ulvang’s complete Calendar of Appearances at Birkie 2012.

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Special Speaking & Skiing Guest at Birkie 2012: 


DATE: Thursday – Feb. 23

TIME: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Hayward High School Auditorium, next to the Hayward Middle School, site of the Birkie Expo.

FEE: $20 per person or your “Ski for the Cure” Pin. You can purchase a pin at the door, or at various places in Hayward, including the Birkie office, New Moon Ski & Bike, and the Birkie Expo. Wear this pin on your race bib on Feb. 25 for a chance to win one of many great door prizes!

Make Your Reservation by February 16.


Subject Line: Reservation



Limited seating is available for this presentation on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not required but suggested and can be made through February 16, 2012. Email Please put “Reservation” in the subject line.

A Fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis:

The Vegard Ulvang presentation is part of the fundraising efforts for Multiple Sclerosis. Admission is $20 per person or your “Ski for the Cure” pin. Pins are also available for sale at the Birkie office and New Moon Ski & Bike in Hayward, and at the Birkie Expo. Wear this pin on your race bib on Feb. 25 for a chance to win one of many great door prizes!

About MS and Skiers For Cures

This is the third year in a row the American Birkebeiner has supported the National Multiple Sclerosis Society through its Skiers for Cures program. Top international skier, Vegard Ulvang, has offered to be part of this program in 2012 to help raise funds for MS and to create awareness for MS research.

Details about all three Skiers for Cures fundraisers can be found at the National MS Society-Wisconsin Chapter’s website, or by calling 800-242-3358 or emailing:

Funding the Cure

Proceeds from the Skiers for Cures fundraisers support the Society’s mission of driving research for a cure. The Society funds more MS research worldwide than any other nonprofit organization. In 2011, the nonprofit organization invested $39.5 million to support more than 325 research initiatives.

About MS – Who Gets It

MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. It is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. MS is two to three times more common in women than men, and most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. One in 500 Wisconsin residents lives with MS, giving the state one of the highest incidence rates in the country. While the progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease.

MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.

Find Out How You Can Ski for a Cure!

Visit the American Birkebeiner’s Skiers for Cures information page and find out how you can Ski for a Cure in 2012!

For More Information

For questions or additional details about Vegard Ulvang at the 2012 American Birkebeiner, please contact


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Alex Kochon

Alex Kochon ( is the former managing editor at FasterSkier. She spent seven years with FS from 2011-2018, and has been writing, editing, and skiing ever since. She's making a cameo in 2020.

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