Norway’s Karl Gunnar Skjonsfjell is dreaming of wrapping up his skiing career with winning the Vasaloppet.
Skjonsfjell is the only Norwegian with a FIS Marathon win this year from Jizerska Padesatka in the Czech Republic at the beginning of January. He has now been preparing himself as much as possible for this weekends race.
-All my training this year has been focused toward the 6th of March, says Skjonsfjell.
In last year’s classic race he finished 10th after not having trained very much specifically for the Vasa. This year though he feels that he is much better prepared for the 90km endurance test. For the last week he has been with the Norwegian distance team in Mora getting prepared on the course.
-We have been training a good deal on the last 30-40km of the course since this is the part you want in your head and where the race will be decided, says the Norwegian.
-I’m going to ski as efficiently as possible for as long as possible and not try to lead the race until the last 100m.
Skjonsfjell’s dream is to have the crown on his head in Mora, it would definitely be a high point in his career and a good note to end on.
-I’m most likely going to call it quits after this season, says Skjonsfjell who has a 6th place finish in the World Cup and 10 top 10 finishes from the Norwegian Championships. Over the course of this season he has had a son who needs a father who has other interests than just ski racing.