The long-distance specialist in a “sprint” interview.
Describe the best moment of last season.
Double victory at the Marcialonga (with brother Jørgen), victory and a record at the Birkebeiner and the victory in the final of Ski Classics.
What was the key to winning the overall Ski Classics Series?
I improved a lot in double polling, and my skis have been better than ever before.
Tell us three things your friends like about you ...
Active, ambitious, positive.
... and three things your competitors hate about you.
Never gives up, strong finish, strong team.
How have you prepared this summer for the upcoming winter?
Good training with the Xtra Team and also the testing of new Atomic skis.
Let us into a training secret so we can beat our buddies in the next ski marathon.
Combined rollerski and running and also a lot of strength training. Some long sessions but also a lot of really hard speed.
What’s your favorite anecdote from your life as an XC racer?
It is funny that I raced my first long-distance race in Australia and straight away won the local Kangaroo Hoppet in 1993.
What’s your goal for 2013?
Podium at the Marcialonga, Vasaloppet and Birkebeiner.