After this year’s season, distance queen Therese Johaug and Norway’s best sprinter Maiken Kaspersen Vala both took part. Ingefeld Flugstad Ostberg was also not offered a place for the national team.
The three women also won 122 World Cup victories and a set of championship medals from the team, which must replace both coaches.
TV 2 expert Peter Solling Skjenstad was among those who weren’t sure what the future would be.
Big change: – Especially
Despite last year’s disappointing season, Helen Marie Vossholm is one of those who can distinguish cross-country skiing in Norway for a long time. Dagbladet met her in connection with the national team selection in Oslo this week.
Vossholm admits she is excited about life without all three, but looks positively to the future:
– They’re three great girls, and they’ve been responsible for a lot of results in recent years. Plus, they are great people who introduce themselves and are very fun to hang out with. At the same time, that’s how it is, we can’t do anything about it. Vossholm explains to Dagbladet that three great girls are also coming along, so we have to build each other up so we can get better.
Although the age difference is significant, Vossholm and Johog made a good friendship in the national sale, something you both talked about warmly. The 20-year-old has engaged the veterans in many stunts, and Juhoge spoke warmly about the fact that Vossholm’s energy has run into her both during and off training.
– Therese and I are on good terms. We can’t do anything about her passing, but that’s sad, just like losing the other two. I hope Thérèse comes to some gatherings when we’re around, but I don’t think she agonizes in prayer, Fussholm tells Dagbladet.
– A small prayer?
– Yes, otherwise I will kidnap her. Simply. I do that.
– But I do.
– You do it?
– yes. I secretly arranged it with Nils Jacob (Huff, Diary of Johawg’s cohabitant), then we tossed a pair of socks over her head and threw them in a truck. Then she can join the Mosetertoppen or wherever, says Fossesholm and laughs well.
Not in full training
The woman from Westvossen, who was part of the Norwegian gold team in the WC relay race in Oberstdorf last year, has spoken candidly that she became “too hot for porridge” before the season.
Among other things, Fossesholm had to stop off a bunch of hikes in the fall, and although she did have some very good races during the season, it was a long way to get to last year’s level.
Vucisholm chose to stop the season after the Olympics. As of February 22, it was all about resetting the body and restoring its balance.
Exhausted after relay: had to help
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– I’m fine. I’m training and enjoying myself, but I’m in bad shape, really “fox” form, sort of.
– Are you back to full training?
– I haven’t had difficult sessions yet. I haven’t had that since the Olympics, actually. It’s simply being naughty. This is when I make the right choices. There’s no point in taking these steps right before the season, and now I can do it.
Vossholm estimates she’s trained about 50 percent of the days since the Olympics. There was also a three-week period in which she did not train at all.
– I know it’s an investment for next year, and if I don’t, it’s stupid. I don’t want to take any risks for next year – it’s inappropriate.
– What will the plan be in the future?
We have a gradual plan to retreat, but the time frame is still uncertain. There is still a lot in the beginning stage yet. I work out and run my lactate profile now and then, so I’m in control. Hard to say anything else. I do not stress at all.
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