We got inspired by the organisation Vasaloppet, and decided to ask our co-workers who usually live in India to ski Stafettvasan (relay 90 km). Some of them have never seen snow before and more importantly, they have never tried cross-country skiing. A 'diversity team' was created and the members have shown a big interest for this classical Swedish ski marathon. Throughout fall of 2015 and winter 2016 they will have a schedule filled with team meetings, ski camps and lessons in skiing techniques. You can follow the team and encourage them here in their preparations for this exciting challenge!
The IBM Diversity Race has an ambitious training schedule. There will be a series of individual, group training sessions and SATS-classes in our IBM gym every week, before we move to the outside terrain. We are hoping for snow in Stockholm, but are preparing with three ski camps, one which is in the indoor SkiDome of Göteborg, and two which will be further north in Sweden. The team will have ski instructors, technique and equipment training, even learn the science of waxing skis!
Registered distance skied between 3rd of January to 4th March 2016. The five participants who skied the furthest tops this list! Together the whole team skied 950 km in total to prepare for Stafettvasan 2016!
We got inspired by the organisation Vasaloppet as they are searching for more happy skiers to join their races. At IBM we work in global teams and diversity is of great value to us. We hope this initiaitve will inspire other companies and teams to follow in our trail and join us. Our customers have already expressed a big interest in joining this initiative in the future, and we are happy to take on this years challenge.
Madshus A/S is the oldest ski brand, founded in 1906. Innovation and quality has characterized the Madshus brand for over 100 years. The start consisted of hand-made wooden skis which OVER TIME transfected to today's advanced production process and high-tech products. Madshus has always focused on choosing the material with the highest quality to manufacture the world's best cross-country skiing. Madshus has sponsored with Terrasonic IntelliGrip® Classic Ski.
Since 1977, Craft has worked actively with the research and development of breathable and moisture wickening properties of various materials. Craft puts the function as the focus of their products and together with advanced design make the absolute best clothes within various sports. Craft works closely with the Swedish national cross-coutry team and other athletes and teams in the world, in four categories that are skiing, running, cycling and downhill skiing.
Erik is the official Vasaloppet coach and also works as an instructor, personal trainer, lecturer and author. Erik Wickstrom is chief editor of the newspaper "Vasalöparen". He blogs about his training, the gadgets he tests and works with the newspaper. "I am a happy athlete who simply loves to exercise. A valiant attempt to stop in 2006, but I returned. Since spring 2010, I practice reasonably serious again, mainly skiing, roller skiing, running, bike (MTB + Road) and strength." He sponsored IBM Diversity Race with his book "Längdåkning för dig!".
Photomic is one of Sweden's leading companies within photography and image processing. Photomic business employs approximately 200 people and are represented locally throughout Sweden. All production is made in their own state of the art production facilities in Sweden. They are experts at capturing the most important events in life and turn them into unforgettable memories! Photomic also photographs some of Sweden's largest and most appreciated sports events like Vasaloppet.
In 1933 a mere 14 years after modern orienteering became a competitive sport, an entrepreneurial trio of champion Swedish orienteers invented the liquid-filled compass, which was more precise and easier to use than other such instruments. SILVA brand was born. At the same time we launched our first headlamp, setting the stage for innovation in diverse areas of outdoor sport.
The story of the stadium began when the brothers Ulf and Bo Eklöf decided to become the best in sports and sports fashion. Today Stadium is Sweden’s largest sports chain with approximately 160 stores in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Germany. Stadium believes there is a winner inside everyone and it’s the winner in you they want to communicate with, whether you like top-level action and love to compete or enjoy long, brisk walks. Stadium wants to continually inspire more and more people to live an active life.
Swix has passed 70 years with a passion for skiing, not to mention 70 years of close collabration with the world´s best athletes in winter sports. Swix is present at every world cup event in alpine skiing, cross country skiing and biathlon during the season, and assists nations/athletes with serivce. On the link below you can read more about our sponsorships within Swix Ski Classic, see the list of all athletes we work with and read more about the swix athletes.
Jonas PergamentProject Executive
Bente AckingProject Manager & Web/Media
Johannes TörnqvistUX & Media
Carl NygrenCulture coach
Niklas TegelbergSki coach