Without any doubts, the biggest news from this year's Worldloppet Congress is the new President. After 12 years of leading the Worldloppet family, Angelo Corradini from the Marcialonga handed his duties over to Finland. Juha Viljamaa from this day on is not only the OC President of Finlandia Hiihto but also President of Worldloppet.
"Worldloppet is a family for its members. Family, where we together can make something better. Together we are stronger, and can spread the word of marathon skiing wider and louder.", he quotes.
Juha Viljamaa got elected by the delegates of the 20 Worldloppet nations and lost not even one single vote. Beside his new responsibility Viljamaa is chairman of the Lahti Ski Club, the host of the nordic World Championships 2017 in Lahti, where the new head of Worldloppet is also Vice President. But his main focus will be on Worldloppet:
"For me, the election as President of Worldloppet is a beginning of a new and interesting period in my life. I will focus on my new challenge."
Viljamaa gets support from the new Worldloppet CEO, Epp Paal from Estonia. She is the former Race Coordinator and now focuses on the whole federation. Office of Worldloppet also moves to Tartu. With Gunnar Zlöbl from Austria beeing the Press & Media Manager the Worldloppet team for the next years is complete.