– The body resisted – VG

- The body resisted - VG
HISTORICAL: Sverre Lunde Pedersen (centre) became historic when, along with Hallgeir Engebråten (left) and Peder Kongshaug, he defended his Olympic gold medal at the team pace from 2018 in Beijing (pictured) a week and a half ago.

Sverre Lunde Pedersen (29) is unsure if his body will hold up to the National Snowboarding Team’s “US Pull-Off Race” next Sunday. He understands that the all-around World Cup in Hamar could be over in a week.

– Of course it will be a disappointment. But I’m ready for that to happen. My body is not what it used to be, and I think the disappointment will soon go away if it doesn’t work, says Lund Pedersen ambassador.

Then I stay at home with the family and follow them Sven (almost 2 years) To kindergarten, he adds.

On Sunday, Sverre Lunde Pedersen will walk 1,500m and 5,000m in Stavanger.

The races apply as a Norwegian qualification for the WC all-around and sprint in a Viking ship from March 3-6. Norway has three places in the men’s team in all respects. Hallgeir Engebråten, Olympic bronze medalist in 5,000 metres In Beijing, she received one of them. The two open candidates will be Lundy Pedersen’s ambassador, Peder Kungchog, Sander Itreme And Christian Ollicliffe are fighting for the so-called American outlet.

– Yes, there will be “American withdrawals” for the last two years. The two best are getting places. It will be determined by the result, as in all respects. “I think it will be very soon,” says incoming sporting director Peter Andersen.

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At Pyeongchang in 2018, Sverre Lunde Pedersen led Harvard Boko and Semen Spiller Nielsen as the trio won Norway’s first Olympic gold in team skating. A week and a half ago, he – as the only one left from the 2018 team – became historic when he, Peder Kungchoug (20) and Halger Ingebrutten (22) beat the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in the team cadence final in Beijing.

Sverre Lunde Pedersen is the only one to have won two consecutive Olympic golds in team sprint.

But it had a price, both physically and mentally. Nine months ago, it was revealed A bicycle accident almost cost him his life. After returning home to his son Svein and Ingunn Traedal-Lunde a little over a week ago, he was “very tired and was discharged from hospital”.

– I felt the cost of it. The Olympic Games have been an absolute prime goal. But this time it was a bigger dump than before. It’s about my organization. Sverre Lunde Pedersen says I’m not very strong.

The Beijing Olympics was his fourth since his debut in Vancouver 12 years ago.

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– But I’m not complaining. It’s a totally fine dump to win the Olympic gold medal. It’s really totally insane, he asserts.

He says that in the early days after the Olympic days in Bergen last week, he had to interrupt training sessions.

During the effort the body resisted. Training has gone awry. He says there was a lot of relief.

Two years ago – a few days before the pandemic ended Norway’s lockdown – he took the silver behind Holland’s Patrick Roest in the all-around water course in Hamar, which is noteworthy after The period of injury as a result of a bicycle accident in Inzell fall 2019.

Hope to get a “boost” this weekend. However, it would be the first time he has had to run two races on the same day in a long time. Like sporting director Peter Andersen, he believes 20-year-old Sander Etrim is well positioned to secure a place at the World Cup. was a little boy Norway’s best in the 5,000m before Christmas, but did not make it to the Olympics.

Peder Kongchoge – Skating on Norway’s new golden boy – It was 15/100 of his bronze medal at the Olympics, before leading the team’s tempo to gold. Christian Olecliffe (25) won the semi-final match early in the match, but had no luck in the final (wrong cut) and ended up in 14th place. In the 1500-meter race he took 16th place.

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