The competition was played over the weekend in extremely unfavorable weather conditions with strong winds and low temperatures on the beach in Jaeren near Oslo. The 16-year-old princess won them with a very large point margin. On the beach, she was supported by her father, heir to the throne Haakon, and his wife, Princess Mette-Marit.
The royal court announced the princess’s triumph on its official website and on social media, stressing that she was very proud of her, as sport has been part of the life of the royal family for many years.
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According to the Norwegian media, the princess continues the rich family sports traditions.
Her grandfather, the reigning 83-year-old Harald V, is a three-time Olympian (1964, 1968 and 1972) and in Tokyo (1964) was the standard bearer of the Norwegian national team.
He competed in sailing for many years and won many medals, incl. gold at the one-tonne world championship in Kiel in 1987. In 2005, on the “Fram XV” yacht, he won the European Championship in seagoing. In 2016, at the age of 79, he won the silver medal at the World Cup in Toronto.
Great-grandfather, reigning in 1957-1991 Olav V, was also a sailor and won a gold medal at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam in the 6-meter class. He was also an avid skier and participated in the ski jumping competition on the Holmenkollen in Oslo several times.
Prince Haakon practices windsurfing, kiting and cross-country skiing. He has participated several times in the Norwegian ski marathon, 54 km long Brirkebeinerrennet, whose 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions were won by Justyna Kowalczyk in the women’s competition.
The Norwegian media commented that the princess is a great talent and now her goal is the Olympic Games, where she will make her surfing debut in Tokyo, and if she fails this time, she will definitely start in the next. If that happened, in a public opinion poll most Norwegians would like her to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and become the team’s standard bearer.
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