NRK updated the case after Trosten Cottew took gold in the first round of Amsoil.
In Minnesota, USA, Vadsø resident Malene Trosten Cottew gears up for a new season on the snowmobile seat. This weekend is the season opener for the Amsoil series, considered the world’s most important snow cross.
– Koto says I am looking forward to it and I will win.
Last year, Kotio topped the post-season podium, as the first Norwegian woman to win the Amsoil Series overall.
Despite this, it was not known for a long time whether it would start this year.
But it turned out to pay off when she won the first round of the Amsoil Series tonight.
Watch the highlights from the first round here:
Long history of injury – almost from his tongue
Cotto, who started competing when he was 18 years old, has had countless injuries over the years.
Among other things, she broke her back and her ribs in 2013. In 2020, she was hit from the back during a race, and she nearly slashed her tongue.
All injuries eventually led to her decision to resign.
– I was really tired of the injuries, but I cut my jaw, and then decided to continue. This really doesn’t make sense, one vadsø resident laughs, but she also explains that the injury made her make a decision: she felt she had more to offer.
Marius Damir, Head of Top Sports at the Norwegian Motorsports Federation, is delighted to see Cotto on the track again.
He has high expectations from her and her Norwegian colleague Elias Eschoel. Who won in the men’s category last year.
One thing is to get up and get occupied in the first place, and the other thing is to take a new place. Perhaps the biggest battle is the one against oneself, when one enters such a season, says Damer.
Dad on the side
Night through Saturday, Norwegian time, is the kick-off to this year’s season in Canterbury Park, Minnesota.
But it’s not just the season opener that Malene Trosten Cottew is looking forward to. For her, it would be great to have her parents in the audience. The pandemic meant she hadn’t seen them in one year.
– All the girls have their father with them, but I didn’t get it, says Koto.
On Wednesday, Father Terry Andersen was in his place. To him, being able to be physically present to encourage his daughter means a lot.
– I sat up at night and watched it on TV, and we talked before and after the races. But he says it won’t be the same as standing in the starting line with her, and coming up with the latest tips and hints.
Hopefully last season
But dad Andersen admits he and his family have little hope that this will be Malin’s final season.
She has injuries that will trouble her for the rest of her life. Obviously, when you’re young and strong, it goes well, but as you get older, it becomes harder to resist diseases, Andersen says.
However, Malene Trosten Cottew wouldn’t promise herself that she would put her snowshoes on the shelf.
– It’s uncertain! It’s hard to say, when I have a guy who runs pro and has a team and everything, it’s hard to say. Koto says, you never know.
First, she still has a gold medal to defend.
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