Norwegian Jorgen Aukland is labeled The Double-Pole Phantom in the European Press.
He is the (younger) brother of Anders Aukland, a famous member of the Norwegian National Team, 2002 Olympian and 2003 Relay World Champion. Anders won a World Cup race in November, but this is when the season (really) starts for Jorgen and the other members of the Norwegian Long-Distance Team.
There has only been held one race so far in the FIS Marathon World Cup. That was a skate race and was not the priority of the Norwegian Team. There are numerous classic races on the upcoming agenda. That’s where they are planning on doing well. Every race until now has been viewed as training.
Jorgen is currently in China getting ready for the Chinese Vasaloppet this weekend (Saturday). He will race five marathons during the next six-week period – all of them in classical technique. He will also have to deal with the time-change from China back to Europe.
“I have trained well up until now. The upcoming races will dominate my skiing for the upcoming month. I can train well for one month before my main goal, the Swedish Vasaloppet”.