Quartet of sporting glee

Escape the cold in Odense, Aarhus and Herning at four top-drawer sports tournaments this weekend

It’s that time of year again. That time when attending outdoor sporting events becomes a test of physical perseverance and the quality of your winter garments. It’s freezing toes at the football match, clattering knees on the golf course and Baltic winds piercing even the most sturdy of Arctic jackets.

But fret not good sports enthusiast, because there are a plethora of sporting events this weekend that will thaw those chilly bones and provide a roof and warmth to your frigid core. In fact, Denmark will host no less than four major sporting events, in the regional cities of Odense, Aarhus and Herning.

Odense provides the ideal setting to see some of the world’s premier badminton players duel it out at the 2012 Yonex Denmark Open. The $400,000 purse will be sure to attract some of the best the game has to offer. Past winners include Lin Dan, Long Chen, Peter Gade and Xin Wang. The quarter-finals are on Friday, semi-finals on Saturday and the final is on Sunday.

And while you’re in Odense, you could pop over and check out the Olympic line-up taking part in the first leg of the Western European League World Cup Qualifiers in dressage. Superb horsemanship will be on display as German Olympians Helen Langehanenberg and Anabel Balkenhol are entered to compete alongside Danish Olympians Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Anna Kasprzak, and Dutch world champion Edward Gal. The event takes place from October 17-21.

Another sports event taking place from October 17-21 is the 2012 European Table Tennis Championships, held in Herning. Reigning men’s singles champion Timo Boll, Dimitrij Ovtcharo, Vladimir Samsonov and local legend Michael Maze will be among the 250 plus competitors duelling it out to be crowned the kings and queens of European badminton.

Aarhus will get in on the action as well, hosting the 9th TeamGym European Championships 2012 from October 18-20. Tickets are almost sold out for the event at NRGi Arena, which features gymnasts from 12 different countries showing off their gymnastic prowess in a climax of flips, somersaults and perfect landings.

There’s plenty of action going on around the country, so ditch the heavy winter coats and woolly socks and get stuck in.





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