– I’m so happy, she told NRK right after the gold was secured.
On the phone from the Czech Republic, hiccups, cracking sound and squeaks of joy are sometimes heard. During the conversation, many people come to congratulate, both from the support team and competitors.
And for a few minutes, Skarsten and the contestants melt into each other’s arms with tears.
– It says a lot about society, reflects the 33 years and laughs characteristically.
More and more people come to congratulate, and Skarsten shouts at the top of his voice:
– It worked!
Then she told NRK more about what lay behind this massive achievement:
– We train a lot, I felt heavy today. It’s a long World Cup for me, and I knew I had to be strong. It’s great to check it out.
Gold today makes the Norwegian women undefeated since they finished fourth at the 2016 Paralympics, and the medal pool has increased in line with their winning streak.
Before the final of the World Cup in the Czech race, there was great excitement for the duel against the Ukrainian Anna Sheremet. The latter almost matched Skarsten’s time in the semi-finals, but in the final she wasn’t quite on the same level.
The winner admits she felt pressured after Ceremet panicked in the semi-finals.
– She was only 26 percent behind me at the time, and we knew she had more to go on. We analyzed and worked hard. Now I’m very proud, says Scarstein.
The 33-year-old from Levanger made increasingly big progress, and after the semi-finals that was basically decided.
Controversial rule change
In recent months, the rule change has caused desperation and controversy in international blasphemy. Skarsten’s row was opened to rowers with leg strength, which the Norwegian world champion faced hard.
– She said it’s like opening a women’s chapter for men to NRK At the beginning of August, and only a week later, it became clear that a climber had been approved as the new challenger to Skarstein.
However, the controversial participants did not start the restroom.
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