Bitutolen (Dagbladet): On Friday morning, Kristin Stafas Skistad and the rest of the cross-country skiing elite returned with their start numbers on their chests. The stage is Beitostolen Stadium. The occasion is the national opening.
Throughout the fall, Stavås Skistad said little about what the protagonist did.
She declined to join the national team earlier this year and runs her own program at Conrod.
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TV 2 expert Peter Northug is among those excited about what the Konnerud runner can achieve in Beitostølen and in the future.
-You have a muscular body and often need to get in shape. “We don’t know how hard it was driven, we don’t know how it got to Pitostool, and we don’t know what kind of signals it received before Roca,” says Northug.
– I’m excited. It is rumored to be in very good condition. We’ll see if it’s as good as the rumors say. I would like to see her competing with the starting number. “We saw at the end of last season what lives in them,” Northug says.
The man with 15 Olympic gold medals and a World Cup won’t be judged too much after the opening weekend:
– She is often the one who can get there (Betostolen) and achieve a good result, because she needs an experimental experience. She could be number ten in Beitostolen, then win the World Cup race the following weekend. there she is. That’s what makes it exciting.
Norwegian women’s coach Sjur Ole Svarstad is also excited:
– She probably won five World Cup races in Tampere last year, so I have high expectations. I have the impression that she has trained well and has improved further. “I’m very confident that Skistad is still one of the best runners in the world,” he tells Dagbladet.
Stavås Skistad coach Lage Sofienlund explained to Dagbladet that the student deliberately said no to almost everything outside of sports before Beitostølen.
Northog himself was someone who could suddenly enter his own bubble, and remain there for long periods of time.
He praises that Stavås Skistad chooses the same tactics:
-I’ve felt this for long periods of time myself. If she doesn’t want to be in the spotlight, you don’t have to either. You should be in a place where you feel comfortable. It shows respect that she dares to make this choice.
- The cross-country skiing weekend in Beitostølen begins with a sprint race on Friday. Then 10km of classic and freestyle swimming awaits you on Saturday and Sunday.
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