Norwegian Sprint Queen Marit Bjorgen bared her back muscles for the Dagbladet newspaper in a recent article. Go to http://www.dagbladet.no/sport/2004/10/16/411527.html to see the photo
Bjorgen said in the interview that she is a little troubled by the trademark Sprint Queen. She doesn’t mind it but is not totally comfortable about it either.
– My goal is still to become a complete skier. Winn more than sprint races. It’s still a bit in Norway that you are not a â€œreal skierâ€ before you have won the 50-kilometer in Holmenkollen, said Marit.
Â Dares to take chances
Samdal is a tough coach. He requires high standards.
— It’s not interesting to me to travel around to World Cup races with a team of average level skiers. It’s better to train hard, take chances and at least get four of the eight up to a level where you can take medals. We have to accept that two out of the eight might not be able to fully handle this type of program.
Â How many wasn’t able to handle it last year?
– We had good experiences. We are continuing the same way as last year. It was in retrospect a little too tough for some of the development team skiers. Some of them struggled. But no one was â€œruinedâ€. There are no corpses in the coffin, said Samdal.
Six medals at Worlds, three of them gold is Samdal's goal for the season.
– We are going to win the sprint, the sprint relay and the regular relay.