The second year senior skier (22) was prior to last season one of many young and talented Cross-Country skiers in Norway. Noone raised their eyebrows at his 23rd place in the Junior World Championships two years ago. His first season as a senior skier was uneventful as well. Everything seemed as usual with his 27th place at the National season opener in Norway last November.
But then something started to happen!
U-23 at Soldier Hollow
Back home he luckily made the team (as a substitute) for the World Cup Sprint race in Lahti, Finland – after having skied the 90 km Vasaloppet the week prior. Young NÃ¦ss did not disappoint anyone, and skied the second fastest qualification round, then ending up 9th in the final elimination heats. In the last World Cup Sprint race of the season, at the 2006 Olympic Venue in Pragelato, Italy, he finished the season with a 3rd place.
– You usually only get one chance, so I decided to take advantage of it, says Brre NÃ¦ss.
While NÃ¦ss last year was on the regional team in his home state, he is now on the Norwegian National Team.
– They did a good job on the regional team, but I have so far gotten a great impression of the National Team. Coach
– Ulf Morten Aune is always staying in touch, and I have the opportunity to train with some of the best skiers in the World. If I can beat them on some of the intensity sessions, I know I’m doing real well.
Fred Pedersen, Brre’s Club coach taught him proper weight training at an early stage, something NÃ¦ss believes is a critical reason for his progress.
– I have worked out at a Training Studio since I was 14years old, and the last two years I’ve only trained max strength – so I think strength is my number one advantage.
It is not only at the Studio NÃ¦ss has focused on strength. On rollerskis his double-poling is also very strong.
– When rollerskiing, I always double-pole. I can probably count on one hand those times I kicked with any of my legs over the last year.
National Team Sprint coach Ulf Morten Aune thinks NÃ¦ss has extreme abilities.
– When it comes to strength, explosiveness and speed, Brre has extreme abilities. Tactically he learned a lot during last year’s World Cup experiences. He has the raw speed, which he showed during the qualification rounds. What he needs to focus a bit on is the engine, such that he can keep the speed a bit longer. Brre is a diamond in the rough, says Aune.