Bjrn DÃ¦hlie skied yet another impressive comeback race last weekend in a Estonian Worldloppet race. The 35 year-old finished 16 in the 63-kilometer Tartu Marathon, against a competitive field of both Worldloppet and World Cup skiers. â€œI used a little extra kick wax,â€ DÃ¦hlie told Norway’s Dagbladet newspaper. â€œIt cost me a little glide, but it was good to have.â€
Jorgen Aukland won yet another Worldloppet race, beating Stanislav Rezac of the Czech Republic. Yet it is worth noting that DÃ¦hlie finished only a few minutes behind such elite skiers as Espen Bjervig. The race had quite a lot of double-pole sections, yet DÃ¦hlie reported no problems with his back. A back injury was what ultimately forced DÃ¦hlie to retire from competition two years ago.
Bjrn is now considering participating in more ski races, namely the Engadin race in Switzerland this March. But he is also quick to dismiss any speculation of an earnest comeback to the world’s top level. â€œThe way I have things now, there will not be time for something like that. But I want to stay in good shape, and this is a great way to do it,â€ Bjrn told Dagbladet’s reporters. According to DÃ¦hlie’s friends, he has trained far more than most recreational athletes so far this winter.
The paper also reported that DÃ¦hlie spent the day before the race on a wild boar hunt, arranged by the Estonian importers of his clothing collection. He shot two boars, one of which weighing over 150 kilograms (about 340 pounds). DÃ¦hlie told reporters that he is far more likely to prioritize hunting trips like this before any serious training efforts.