The Crown Princess with the ice sledge hockey players. Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix
On Tuesday 15 February, The Crown Princess attended the opening of the Paralympic Winter World Cup 2011 in Sollefteå.
The Crown Princess began the day by watching the biathlon. She then visited Österåsen Health Resort. At Österåsen Health Resort, The Crown Princess signed a stone. There are already stones here signed by King Oscar II and King Carl XVI Gustaf. Österåsen was built in 1901 as a sanatorium at the initiative of King Oscar II, via his Jubilee Fund. The afternoon began with a visit to an ice sledge hockey match between Sweden and Russia. In the evening, The Crown Princess attended the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Winter World Cup. In her speech, The Crown Princess said that: "The Paralympic Winter World Cup is ranked as the world's second largest sports competition for winter athletes with disabilities after the Paralympics. This year as many as 19 nations are represented, competing in four disciplines: Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country skiing and ice sledge hockey." Find out more about the Paralympic Winter World Cup 2011