Evaluation Of The Norwegian Women’s Team

FasterSkierNovember 21, 2003

National Team coach Svein Tore Samdal made the following evaluation of the members of the Norwegian Women’s Team before the start of the World Cup season:

Marit Bjorgen: Should be a little up and down, but I hope she will ski better in the regular races in addition to being the World’s best sprinter.

Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen: Hilde is a candidate to win the overall World Cup. She has been good in most everything in the past and I hope it continues to be that way. It would be fun if she could win her first World Cup race.

Kine Beate Bjornas: It’s difficult to say since she was out all last season with a knee injury. In the long run she will benefit from that year since she used the break to build upper body strength, which she was missing. I hope she gets many results among the top 20 and several in the top 10.

Vibeke Skofterud: She is moving forward and has been positive all the way. There were now indications two years ago that she was going to race as fast as she did. I hope she will step it up this season.

Kristin Stormer Steira: She should first of all do well in skating, especially on longer distances. She has a very good engine and can do well in very tough conditions. I expect her to improve in classic as well. That could also give her good results in duathlon.  She might even reach the podium in a World Cup race on a very good day.


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