During Thursday, most of the Norwegian jumpers arrived in Lillehammer. They gathered here for the World Cup this weekend.
One of the girls who arrived in Lillehammer a little later in the day was 14-year-old Engfeld Senov Medetskogen, who had to finish her school day first before she could drive two hours north from the capital.
– I’m so excited. Earlier this fall, I ran a race that earned the points needed to participate here. Two weeks ago I received the last letter. I was incredibly happy. It’s sexy and cool, says the 14-year-old with a steely grin for TV 2.
When she was 4 years old, she sat in front of her first jumping hill. When she was 8 years old, she made the decision to really start jumping. I’ve always loved skiing, so that’s what combined the two sports that I’m focusing on now.
However, she will only participate in the jumping competition in Lillehammer. The feeling of floating down the hill is something to appreciate.
– It’s a very nice feeling. It’s good to just fly. You feel completely free in the air. You hear the wind whistling, but I don’t think much of it, you say.
She answered no when asked if she was afraid of taking a ski jump. TV 2 meets with her regarding a Sats practice session organized by Wang Ung.
She is also shown to be fearless in an example she gives of situations where things didn’t quite go according to plan.
– This summer I tested the sled didn’t quite fit and it fell off. But it went well. I had to check the link which was a bit loose, we fixed it and then I jumped in. You just have to trust that what you’re doing is right.
Now you want to use this weekend to gain valuable experience. Targeted, it talks about focusing on not complicating things, but just thinking about work tasks. For being 14 years old, she looks very mature and purposeful.
– If I don’t get everything, everything will be fine because I’m the youngest. It’s not a crisis if it doesn’t work, but I want to be able to qualify so that I can run in the race itself. It was great to get to 75, 80 metres. 70 isn’t bad either, she says, laughing.
Former jumper and current TV 2 jumping expert Anniken Mork was a coach for Midtskogen from the age of 8 until she was about 11 years old.
It tells of a young mare who has accelerated her development at a very high pace. Mork describes the mentally tough and unique 14-year-old mare.
It’s a natural talent but also a completely unique inner enthusiasm and drive. I think it must be one of those with the most jumps in Midtstulia. She was there from before it opened until it closed. It has a lot of actors.
Mork always believed Midtskogen would make his World Cup debut as a youngster. Now the 14-year-old girl will try something she has never tried before.
It will be an experience that not many other 14 year olds can point to.
– How can it be really good?
– Ingvild can become the best in the world at whatever jump and jump you choose. She has that in her. In show jumping, she is completely unique. The dedication you show is what it takes to be the best in the world.
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