Kangaroo Hoppet

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Kangaroo Hoppet
Hoppet-2005-start.jpg
Competitors massing for the start of the 2005 Kangaroo Hoppet
Status active
Genre sporting event
Date(s) February
Frequency annual
Location(s) Falls Creek, Victoria
Country Australia
Inaugurated 1979 (1979)


The Kangaroo Hoppet is a long distance cross-country skiing race in Australia. It is held in Falls Creek, Victoria. It debuted in 1979, and is part of Worldloppet since 1991. It is held annually on the fourth Saturday of August.

The Kangaroo Hoppet event consists of three races:

  • The Kangaroo Hoppet is a 42 km race, and for the purposes of the Worldloppet counts as a main race.
  • The Australian Birkebeiner is a 21 km race, and for the purposes of Worldloppet counts as a short race.
  • The Joey Hoppet is a 7 km race, and does not count as either a main race or a short race.

History[edit]

Skiers in Sun Valley loop of the Hoppet

The Kangaroo Hoppet has its origins in the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club's 21 km Australian Birkebeiner, first held in 1979 in Falls Creek. The race was based on the original Norwegian Birkebeiner. In 1989, the organization extended the race to a 42 km race, and added the 21 km race and 7 km race (which would originally be known as the Birkebeiner Lite). They then petitioned the Worldloppet in 1990 to allow a race in the southern hemisphere, and as part of its petition the race format was changed to a freestyle event. The first race as part of the Worldloppet circuit was held in 1991.[1]

Winners[edit]

Men[edit]

Year Kangaroo Hoppet Australian Birkebeiner Joey Hoppet
2014  Valerio Leccardi (SUI)  Damon Morton (AUS)  Matthew Bull (AUS)
2013  Alexander Legkov (RUS)  Ilia Chernousov (RUS)  Alexey Chernousov (RUS)
2012  Alexander Legkov (RUS)  Paul Kovacs (AUS)  Hamish Roberts (AUS)
2011  Petr Novak (CZE)  Phillip Bellingham (AUS)  Damon Morton (AUS)
2010  Valerio Leccardi (SUI)  Mark Raymond (AUS)  Alistair Tutt (AUS)
2009  Ben Sim (AUS)  Nick Grimmer (AUS)  Alistair Tutt (AUS)
2008  Ben Sim (AUS)  Callum Watson (AUS)  Dyllan Harmer (AUS)
2007  Thomas Freimuth (GER)  Alex Almoukov (AUS)  Mark Pollock (AUS)
2006  Ben Sim (AUS)  Neil Van der Ploeg (AUS)  Mark Hogg (NZL)
2005  Ben Sim (AUS)  Ben Koons (NZL)  Callum Watson (AUS)
2004  Ben Derrick (AUS)  Mark Van der Ploeg (AUS)  Simon Flowers (AUS)
2003  Ben Derrick (AUS)  Ben Sim (AUS)  Neil Van der Ploeg (AUS)
2002  Stanislav Řezáč (CZE)  Dan Van der Ploeg (AUS)  Lachlan Rodd (AUS)
2001  Ben Derrick (AUS)  Ben Sim (Australia)  Andrew Cirosta (AUS)
2000  Ben Derrick (AUS)  Dan Van der Ploeg (AUS)  Nicholas Grimmer (AUS)
1999  Vitaly Tchernov (RUS)  Dan Van der Ploeg (AUS)  Peter Malcolm (AUS)
1998  Ales Vanek (CZE)  Sam Lee (NZL)  Daniel Sarri (AUS)
1997  Paul Gray (AUS)  Byung Joo Park (KOR)  Michael Evans (AUS)
1996  Johann Mühlegg (GER)  Michael Brennan (AUS)  Paul Murray (AUS)
1995  Andre Jungen (SUI)  Sean Donohue (AUS)  Andrew Slocombe (AUS)
1994  Peter Schlickenrieder (GER)  Sean Donohue (AUS)  Thomas Rassuchine (USA)
1993  Anders Aukland (NOR)  Paul Gray (AUS)  Tim Retchford (AUS)
1992  Gudmund Skjeldal (NOR)  Park Byung Chil (KOR)  Kim Woo Soup (KOR)
1991  John Aalberg (USA)  Park Byung Chil (KOR)  Tim Retchford (AUS)

Women[edit]

Year Kangaroo Hoppet Australian Birkebeiner Joey Hoppet
2014  Valentina Shevchenko (UKR)  Casey Wright (AUS)  Gabrielle Hawkins (AUS)
2013  Marina Czernousova (RUS)  Lauren Fritz (USA)  Chisa Obayashi (JPN)
2012  Maria Graefnings (SWE)  Anna Trnka (AUS)  Jillian Colebourn (AUS)
2011  Esther Bottomley (AUS)  Anna Trnka (AUS)  Xanthea Dewez (AUS)
2010  Esther Bottomley (AUS)  Lucy Granville (AUS)  Gabriella Cigana (AUS)
2009  Katherine Calder (NZL)  Lucy Granville (AUS)  Anna Trnka (AUS)
2008  Evelyn Dong (USA)  Chloe McConville (AUS)  Lucy Glanville (AUS)
2007  Katherine Calder (NZL)  Aimee Watson (AUS)  Georgia Merritt (AUS)
2006  Natascia Leonardi-Cortesi (SUI)  Alexa Truzian (USA)  D'Arcy Baxter (AUS)
2005  Clare-Louise Brumley (AUS)  Sally Cunningham (AUS)  Jaffa Withers (AUS)
2004  Clare-Louise Brumley (AUS)  Esther Bottomley (AUS)  Chloe McConville (AUS)
2003  Belinda Phillips (AUS)  Katherine Calder (NZL)  Aimee Watson (AUS)
2002  Belinda Phillips (AUS)  Katherine Calder (NZL)  Sally Cunningham (AUS)
2001  Belinda Phillips (AUS)  Rhiannon Palmer (AUS)  Esther Bottomley (AUS)
2000  Camille Melvey (AUS)  Sandra Paul (AUS)  Esther Bottomley (AUS)
1999  Jannike Oeyen (NOR)  Deb Godsmark (AUS)  Esther Bottomley (AUS)
1998  Nadia Simak (RUS)  Natasha Coleman (AUS)  Katherine Calder (NZL)
1997  Camille Melvey (AUS)  Myung Jung Koon (KOR)  Natasha Coleman (AUS)
1996  Hanne Lahtinen (FIN)  Belinda Phillips (AUS)  Kate Spiller (AUS)
1995  Maria Theurl (AUT)  Jenny Griffiths (AUS)  Jessica Hart (AUS)
1994  Antonina Ordina (SWE)  Ksenia Maltseva (RUS)  Lynette Deschler (USA)
1993  Elena Peretyagina (RUS)  Sandra Paul (AUS)  Larissa Trease (AUS)
1992  Beatrice Grunenfelder (SUI)  Yoon Wha Ja (KOR)  Cho Eun Sook (KOR)
1991  Betsy Youngman (USA)  Miffy Cross (AUS)  Kate L'Huillier (AUS)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kangaroo Hoppet: History". Retrieved 2011-12-03. 

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