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Foot race drew thousands

Oslo’s traditional Holmenkollstafetten (The Holmenkollen Relay) attracted nearly 30,000 runners over the weekend, including quite a few celebrities. One of Norway’s top cross country skiers used the race as part of her training program.

Kristin Størmer Steira did well at the Olympics in Vancouver and even better at Saturday’s Holmenkollen Relay. She was part of the women’s cross country relay team that won an Olympic gold medal. On Saturday her team won by a big margin in the elite category, and she also ran laps in the relay for two other teams.

She told Aftenposten she thinks the summer can be a bit long, therefore she’s eyeing the European championships in track and field.

She and the thousands of others running the relay could really build up a sweat in suddenly warm temperatures on Saturday. The sun shone and lots of other top athletes also ran through the streets of Oslo, beginning and ending at Bislett Stadium.

Among them were former downhill racers Kjetil Andre Aamodt and Lasse Kjus, soccer star Erik Mykland and skier Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen. The Holmenkollen Relay has been held since 1923, open for everyone with many local companies mounting teams among their employees.

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