Davos (Dagbladet): After two very difficult years, Kristen Stavos took Skistad Some drastic measures ahead of this year’s season, and make her feel safe again.
It also paid off.
Last weekend Skistad went to the World Cup in Lillehammer and is now in Davos, Switzerland, ready for the freestyle race tomorrow.
Dagbladet meets her outside the Alpengold Hotel, the golden egg that sparkles over the Swiss mountain town.
– I’m good. It’s fun to be back here. The 22-year-old tells Dagbladet it means a lot that he’s starting to head in the right direction again.
Knife on the throat
The next few weeks will be double-edged for Conyrud’s runner. She knows it takes time to get back into good shape after a long struggle, meanwhile she and many other runners must perform if the Olympic dream is to continue.
– I must be patient. I’ve been good so far, says the runner, but now I’m starting to get impatient.
This weekend, the freestyle races will be held in Davos on Saturday. Next weekend awaits a weekend of pure sprint racing in Dresden, Germany. The Olympic clock is ticking fast.
– I wasn’t entirely happy after Lillehammer, but it’s going in the right direction. I know I have to go fast in Davos, but then we’ll see.
Stavås Skistad is not alone in having to perform in the near future. Ane Appelkvist Stenseth and Mathilde Skjærdalen Myhrvold are among the runners who should show good results quickly.
What makes this year’s Olympic selection so special is that Norway is only allowed to send eight men and two men to the six exercises. This means there is hardly room for many clean runners. On the women’s side, there could be more, considering that Therese Juhaug, Helen Marie Vossholm and Heidi Wing both run fast in all the distance races.
Sweden’s Maja Dalqvist won the first two sprint races. Maiken Caspersen Vala and Terrell Odens Wing have been on the podium in their respective races, but Skistad is hoping to give the Norwegian women Dalqvist and the other women more battle in the future:
Sweden is blowing us away, and it’s very boring to watch. It’s not fun.
Stavås Skistad also knows it has to deliver the backpack to Beijing, despite the fact that it is also focusing more on the future.
Runner Konnerud realizes that her body needs time and hopes that she will be able to find that higher level over time. At the same time, the competitive instinct fades.
We also saw this past weekend, when Stavås Skistad opted to race out at lightning speed through the press area, without saying a word to the media after her quarter-final exit in the race:
“I get disappointed in myself sometimes, and then it might be better to be alone,” she says wisely.
- Watch the Women’s Super G match (10.25), the race intro (11.30) and the race final (14.00) on TV2 and TV2 Play on Saturday.
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