If something bad can happen, it often will, and this has become painfully obvious to the Norwegian sprinter Trond Iversen. The gold medal favorite for the World Championship sprint has been having an unfortunate string of bad luck lately.
First he got a cold that made it impossible for him to compete in the sprint at the Norwegian Championships. He just recently re-joined the rest of the Norwegian World Cup team in Seiser Alm last Friday.
But it did not take long before Iversen’s bad luck struck again. In Seiser Alm he managed to contract a stomach bug and threw up all of Friday. As if that wasn’t enough he then got a kink in his back which made him unable to ski.
-I can’t believe this is possible. I have had everything hit me at once and at the worst possible time. I haven’t been able to train at all recently and as things stand now I do not have a chance of competing in the World Cup sprint in Reit im Winkl this weekend. My focus is now instead on becoming healthy for the World Championships, says a frustrated Iversen.
The problems with his back stem from the muscles right next to his vertebrae and he is now receiving intensive treatment for the pain.
-I’m hoping that it will improve quickly. There are barely two weeks to the sprint at the World Championships. I have been so out of it lately that my training has suffered. Since the sprint in Oberstdorf on the 22nd of January I have only been on skies once. That was the day before the Norwegian Championship sprint. But there is still enough time left before the World Championships. If I get a week and a half of good training before the Championships there shouldn’t be a problem, says the Norwegian.
But he admits that all his problems have had an impact on his spirits.
-With all that has happened it could have made an optimist into a pessimist. I just have to believe that things will change for the better, and as I said there is still enough time left before the World Championships. These things have of course not helped my hopes for the Championships but I just have to have faith, says Iversen.