The Norwegian team named YETI, meaning snowman, managed to take home this year's Championship in Yukigassen at Luleå University of Technology, which pleased the team's captain.
The large crowd came anyway - and had great fun as well as a thrilling time the whole afternoon and evening, despite persistent snowfall and winds of 7 m / s. Around the two plans with rock-hard snow banks where the matches were decided in the thrilling speed and with nerves on edge, the audience thronged for the best place. One or two from the audience happened sometimes to slide down to the short side of the pitch, where visibility was indeed stunning, but the risk extremely high that they got struck by a rock hard snowball, as it was in that direction the balls where thrown.
The amazing yukigassespeaker Joakim Österberg clear warnings to the eager audience at the short end, and he always got the desired effect.
- Move over, lest you get a snowball in your head, and then we have to call an ambulance.
For those who froze it was just to go in and warm up for a while or stand by any of the crackling fires. Especially long queue during the breaks was to the sale of hot sandwiches and coffee.
Everyone went around carrying a steaming hot sandwich in their hands, manufactured according to secret recipes for just Yukigassen.
One of the teams on the field was LKAB, with CEO Lars-Eric Aaro behind one of the helmets. After his second straight victory in the group stage match, he showed great enthusiasm, as well as the surprise that the game worked so well in the team, Yukigassen was simply fun, really fun.
- At first I thought the game was to be intense, but then we realized that the best thing is to stay calm and wait, it's important not to get carried away. Then they get you, another thing is that you should never look back. It is great fun to play, definitely more fun than I thought, said Lars-Eric Aaro.
Vice- Chancellor Johan Sterte held his inaugural speech in English when he greeted everyone warmly welcome to Yukigassen at Luleå University of Technology. He had played Yukigassen, albeit unorganized form since 5-year-old and up to adolescence, with many broken windows as a consequense, and angry adults.
Two years ago he took up the sport again, with Yukigassen at Luleå University of Technology, but perhaps he had more success when he was younger ... his team lost already in the group stage.
- Luleå University of Technology is a good place for Yukigassen, we have ice, we have guaranteed snow and a temperature below zero this time of year. "Great ideas grow better below zero" we like to say at Luleå University of Technology. This Yukigassen is such a good idea by your students. Good luck in this year's games! he greeted all teams welcome.
After that the dance group Zoloz showed an amazing dance number about snowball fights, victory and defeat. Dispite the heavy snowfall and 7 meters per second, they danced on top of the outdoor scene in just socks and skiingunderwear, a dance that began with a slow-motion dance with the "Olympic torch" to the classical music by Vangelis in the film Chariots of Fire..
On Yukigassen, the fire from the "Olympic torch" however, lit a regular barbecue grills.
Late in the evening there was an extremely daring snowmobile show, a stunning fire show and then a fireworks display.
Text: Leif Nyberg Katarina Karlsson
Photo: Jenny Pettersson, Leif Nyberg