A Classic sprint race took place between Swedens best skiers.Â The Oktobersprinten this past weekend in Mora, Sweden was won by World Cup sprinter Bjoern Lind from Hudiksvall.Â He solidly beat the 2004 World Cup Sprint Champion, Tobias Fredricksson of Ostersund.Â Both men, racing on the new Fischer Centrix Classic boots, and Fischer skis, dominated the competition through the qualifiers and heats to come out on top.Â Snow was sloppy, and dirty, but these guys were fast covering 1250 meters in just under 3 minutes.
With the World Cup Opener just around the corner (this weekend in Dusseldorf, Germany), Fischer new boot line called Centrix is expected to turn heads and win races.Â Stay tuned for more info.
INTERVIEW WITH THOBIAS FREDRIKSSON
“Finally I'm starting to feel good again” says Thobias Fredriksson after skipping the altitude camp in Switzerland to train easier on his own at home for 14 days. Thobias was very happy after getting second, considering the way he has felt lately and especially since it was classic technique.
“This was very positive, and I really needed it. Now anything can happen in Dusseldorf. We have had two good races in Dusseldorf the last two years, but you never now how the other nations prioritize the early races, since it is so important to still train hard thoughout October”.
-Thobias Fredriksson on his chances in the first Sprint worlcup race in Dusseldorf in late October.Â
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Next weekend is the world cup premier in Dusseldorf, where the swedish skiers have succeded previous seasons. Peter larsson won last year, and Bjorn Lind was 4th.
Bjorn has his sight set on next weekends world cup races. “I hope to improve my result from last year, but it's going to be tough. Anything can happen. However, I'm not going to be satisfied unless I can improve last years result”.
For the first time in history the classic sprint specialists get a chance to fight for the medals at the World Championships in Oberstdorf. Maybe it's time for Bjorn Lind to be taken as a serious contender, just remember his fourth place at the Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002. ” The World Championship sprint is of course my big goal this season. If I can just stay healthy and fresh, then I think I have a shot at it”
Photo Gallery of SwedishÂ Classic Sprint event can be seen at;
Results from Swedish Classic Sprint can be found at;
Eli Brown is the Nordic Race Director for Fischer USA