August 4, 2010

Event: DN-Galan

This friday (August 6th) some of the world's best track & field athletes will be competing in Stockholm at the DN Galan. If you haven't bought tickets for the big event then you are out of luck... the only tickets left are for the "Exclusive Bolt Package" which will set you back about 3,000 SEK, but you just might be able to rub shoulders with some of the star athletes.

The DN Galan, sponsored by the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, is part of the prestigious Samsung Diamond League athletic series. It is the largest annual sporting event in Sweden, taking place at the old Olympic stadium (Stadion) where Stockholm hosted the games in 1912. The stadium is located on northern outskirts of the city. The big event this year will be the mens 100 meters with a showdown between Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell. My money is on Bolt!

Besides the races, there will be other events in the city this week taking place mainly at Kungsträdgården. On August 4th, from 11am to 6pm, kids can come down and try different athletic events with some of the big stars including Carolina Klüft and Usain Bolt. On August 5th there will be a shot put competition (Big Shot) with the shot put elite competing. The women will compete at 4pm and the men at 6pm. Besides that, there will also be entertainment and no entrance fee! Click here for a full list of this summer's festivals and events.

Trivia: Sweden has a rich sporting history which we are very proud of. In the past 10 years, in athletics alone, Sweden has won multiple medals in the Olympics as well as World and European Championships with star athletes like Carolina Klüft, Kajsa Bergqvist, Stefan Holm and Christian Olsson. Last week Emma Green won the silver medal in the women's high jump at the European Championships.

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