Having gone into second place on the opening day of the World Cup mini tour in Lillehammer, Norwegian star Emil Iversen took the time to talk about the number of training hours many cross-country skiers have. While 2015-16 World Cup Overall Winner Martin Johnsrud Martin has stated that he trains more than 1000 hours a year, while Iversen is happy if he manages 800. "I train the way that works for myself and don't give a damn f*** how much Martin [Johnsrud Sundby] trains", he said, adding that "Other skiers want to be on Martins level in training. It would also be fun for me to be a machine in training, but it's much more fun to be machine when it is time to race". Iversen says that what works for Martin Johnsrud Sundby doesn't necessarily work for everyone else, himself included, which he believes is an important lesson for younger skiers. He made it very clear that he is not keen to train the most, but the best. Finally, Iversen expressed that it is not easy to stand on the sidelines watching the competition trains, but says it is necessary to perform best.
After topping the field in the prologue at Ruka and advancing all the way to the final, John Høsflot Klæbo walked out of the service area in Kuusamo with his headphones on. From a distance it looked like he was listening to music, but those who were very closest to him could hear that he was talking. At the other end of the call was his father. Klaebo talked on the phone with his father between each heat, going over tactics and talking about his plan for the next round. "Before the final I had a chat with my dad where we went through how semifinals was, and what was the plan in the final" Klaebo explained. "I talked to him regularly throughout the day, between each heat. It works well". His father confirmed that they had many conversations through the day, but was tight-lipped about the content. "It will be between us" he smiled
In addition to training over 1000 hours this year, U.S. ski team member Noah Hoffman has started a new strength regime. 3-6 times per week, he will do an intensive 30-40 minute strength session before breakfast. Watch to see what one of these workouts look like!
After an exciting opening weekend of racing in Finland, the World Cup circuit moves to Norway for a mini tour in Lillehammer. Friday brings a classic sprint, with a 5/10km skate interval start on Saturday and a 10/15km classic pursuit to round out the minitour on Sunday A few notable appearances and absences for this weekend's World Cup stop - Charlotte Kalla has been left off the Swedish squad for the weekend with questions surrounding her health after a disappointing 10km classic in Kuusamo. She has flown to Stockholm for a medical checkup and will not start this weekend regardless of her test results. Meanwhile Petter Northug will get a late start to his World Cup season, rejoining the Norwegian squad in Lillehammer after taking last weekend off over concerns over his energy levels. Northug's teammate and crowd favourite Hans Christer Holund will also make his season debut this weekend, returning from injury after he dislocated his shoulder on the Val Senales glacier in September. Finally, rising star John Høsflot Klæbo will get another chance to show he can ski with the big boys on the World Cup, starting his first mini tour event as part of the Norwegian squad. Wednsday night it was also announced that Didrik Tønseth will not start this weekend after coming down with a cold. Tønseth has had a strong start to the season, winning two distance races at the Norwegian season opener in Beitostoelen and finishing fourth in the 15km last weekend in Kuusamo. He will be replaced by domestic skier Mathias Rundgreen. Norway Men: Petter Northug, Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Sjur Rothe, Finn Haagen Krogh, John Høsflot Klæbo, Niklas Dyrhaug, Emil Iversen, Martin Løwstrøm Nyeng, Hans Christer Holund, Sondre Turvoll Fossli, Eirik Brandsdal, Simen Hegstad Krüger, Pål Golberg, Mattis Stenshagen, Mathias Rundgreen Women: Marit Bjørgen, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Heidi Weng, Maiken Caspersen Falla Astrid Jacobsen, Ragnhild Haga, Mari Eide, Silje Øyre Slinde, Kari Øyre Slinde, Anne Kjersti Kalvå, Marthe Kristoffersen, Lotta Udnes Weng, Kari Vikhagen Gjeitnes, Anna Svendsen, Kathrine Harsem __________________________________ Sweden Men: Calle Halfvarsson, Marcus Hellner, Martin Johansson, Emil Jönsson, Teodor Peterson, Oskar Svensson Women: Stina Nilsson, Hanna Falk, Anna Haag, Ida Ingemarsdotter, Jonna Sundling, Jennie Öberg __________________________________ Finland Men: Iivo Niskanen, Matti Heikkinen, Perttu Hyvärinen, Sami Jauhojärvi, Lari Lehtonen Women: Krista Pärmäkoski, Anne Kyllönen, Laura Mononen, Kerttu Niskanen, Aino-Kaisa Saarinen __________________________________ Italy Men: Federico Pellegrino, Francesco De Fabiani, Maicol Rastelli, Dietmar Noeckler, Giandomenico Salvadori Women: Virginia De Martin Topranin, Ilaria Debertolis, Gaia Vuerich, Lucia Scardoni, Greta Laurent __________________________________ France Men: Maurice Manificat, Robin Duvillard, Adrien Backscheider, Baptiste Gros, Richard Jouve, Jean-Marc Gaillard __________________________________ Austria Men: Bernhard Tritscher Women: Teresa Stadlober __________________________________ Canada Men: Alex Harvey, Devon Kershaw, Lenny Valjas, Graham Killick, Bob Thompson, Andy Shields Women: Cendrine Browne, Emily Nishikiwa, Dahria Beatty __________________________________ Germany Men: Thomas Bing, Jonas Dobler, Sebastian Eisenlauer, Florian Notz, Thomas Wick Women: Julia Belger, Stefanie Böhler, Victoria Carl, Nicole Fessel, Katharina Henning, Hanna Kolb, Sandra Ringwald __________________________________ Russia Men: Alexander Bessmertnykh, Stanislav Volzhentsev, Maxim Vylegzhanin, Evgeny Dementiev, Andrey Larkov , Sergey Turishev, Sergey Ustiugov Women: Yulia Belorukova, Polina Kalsina, Natalia Nepryaeva, Anastasia Sedova, Yelena Soboleva, Olga Tsarev, Julia Chekaleva
After finishing a disappointing 75th in Sunday's 10km classic and complaining of weakness in her body, Charlotte Kalla withdrew from this weekend's competitions in Lillehammer and flew to Stockholm for a medical examination. After two days of examination, it has been identified that her weakness was the result of her suffering from atrial fibrillation, a type of arrhythmia that causes irregular heart rhythm. Despite missing this weekend in Lillehammer, the condition is not expected to keep her away from training or racing for long. "It can be said that the cause of Charlotte's weakness was due to atrial fibrillation" says team doctor Per Andersson. "After the investigation, we feel medically safe in that there is no danger for Charlotte to return to training and continue to compete at the highest international level". "I am of course relieved that the investigations revealed that I'm not sick in any way" says Kalla. "I put this behind me now and focus forward... I feel good and have not felt anything strange in the body either before or after the race". The Swedish Ski Federation will now submit a revised competition plan for her for the winter, which will be announced after the weekend.