The King attends the World Ski Championships in Lahti

From Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 March, The King attended the World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland.

The King arrived at the ski stadium in Lahti on the Thursday where he was welcomed by Markku Haapasalmi, Vice Chairman of the Finnish Ski Association. It was then time for the ladies' 4x5 km relay race, in which the Swedish team – consisting of Anna Haag, Charlotte Kalla, Ebba Andersson and Stina Nilsson – came second.

The King and President of Finland Sauli Niinistö watch the ladies' relay race. Photo:

The King congratulates the ladies' team after winning silver in the relay race on Thursday. Photo:

On the Friday, The King watched Sweden win bronze in the men's 4x10 km relay race. The team consisted of Daniel Richardsson, Johan Olsson, Marcus Hellner and Calle Halfvarsson.

The King visited the waxing village and the Swedish waxing team on the Friday. Photo:

On the Saturday, Norway's Marit Bjørgen won gold in the ladies' 30 km freestyle race.

On the Sunday, the final day of the World Ski Championships, The King watched the concluding competition – the men's 50 km classic style race – which was won by Canada's Alex Harvey.

The King with members of the Swedish national long distance skiing team. Photo:

The World Ski Championships in Lahti

The World Ski Championships in 2017 were held in Lahti, Finland, between 22 February and 5 March. This was the seventh time Lahti had hosted the World Ski Championships for the Nordic branches of the cross-country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined events. During the 12 days of the competition, 21 world championships took place.

The World Ski Championships has been held in Lahti in 1926, 1938, 1958, 1978, 1989, 2001 and 2017 – more times than at any other location. This year's event coincided with the centenary of Finnish independence.

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