– I think he’s busy running sports. Maybe a lot of meditation, says TV 2 expert Peter Soleng Skinstad.
On May 2, the Norwegian Ski Association will present the national cross-country teams for the next season. Meanwhile, cross-country coach Espen Bervig said he hopes to appoint replacements for coaches Ole Morten Iversen and Ola Vejn Hatstad, who both chose to leave after this year’s season, by the end of April.
The clock is ticking fast, and there are big holes that need to be closed.
After this year’s season, distance queen Therese Johaug and Norway’s best sprinter Maiken Kaspersen Vala both took part. TV 2 also wrote that Ingvild Flugstad Østberg will not be awarded a place for the national team.
Thus, three winning cards with 122 World Cup victories and a set of medals in the tournament are distributed apart to the team that also lost both coaches.
You have five main people who need to be replaced at the same time. It is special. We really see generational change affecting women. We have been blessed with female and male runners who were born around 1990 and have been good for 10-12 years. At first Marit (Bjoergen) and Marthe (Christophersen) give in, but then Maiken, Therese, Engfield, and Heidi (Wing) leave. Now we’ve lost almost all the others, and then we’ve got a hole that’s hard to close.
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Kinstad, the TV 2 expert, is excited about how Norwegian women’s sales are approaching their new everyday life.
In recent years, other athletes have seen, through thick and thin, how the lonely brilliant train Thérèse Juhaug and wholesaler of the Maiken Caspersen Falla Championships – day in and day out.
Now Heidi Wing will be one of the biggest players on the team.
I am very excited about who will take up the challenge and do the hard work with the Norwegian national team. Two things can happen: Either it’s a group lift because everyone else is taking more ownership, or they’ll end up between the bark and wood where no one takes responsibility and is left behind. They can become very relaxed, which means that they do not soar. I’m hoping for a group boost, but I’m afraid they might be groping blindly for a season or two and they’ll find out.
Who gets the team out?
It has yet to be decided who will take over Iversen and Hatstad, but as of today it appears the new chiefs have little say in who will make the squad next year.
Espen Bjervig did not respond to Dagbladet’s inquiry, but media director Gro Eide says it is the cross-country committee that powers the national team this year.
Skinstad believes it presents challenges:
The coaching staff is usually very central to the withdrawal. Now either the coaches are on their way out or managing the national team and the committee has to be more involved. Obviously, it can present challenges. In the withdrawal that is now, and in a situation where the Ski Association in terms of results is behind those who give up, entry would probably be more appreciated. Who are we missing? What do we need? Who do we believe in a longer perspective? This puts them in a difficult position, and eventually they can appoint a coach who is missing an athlete on the team. It is hard and difficult.
The Norwegian national teams will be announced on 2 May in Oslo.
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