Petter Northug jr Pursuit Junior World Champion in Rovaniemi. Foto: Stian Hgland
– We are only talking about small adjustments. We started the pre-World camp a little earlier this year. This way all the skiers got four days at home before we left for Rovaniemi. You have to keep up the focus and concentration for a long time during a championship and it’s good to be apart for a few days before you get together again. The support system is basically the same as last year, and the system is the same. We are building on what we believe in and think that this will give the best long term results, says Schjetne
Twelve medals make this one of Norway’s best ever.
– Discussing if this is the best ever is a sign that we have some very good skiers in these age categories. It’s very exciting and everyone that raced at Worlds for us showed big potential. They might be able to take the next step and become good senior skiers if they have the necessary guts and willpower to put in the training. It’s only a question about putting in the necessary training, says Schjetne.
He said before Worlds that the goal was to fight for medals in every race. They succeeded in that without problems.
– We medaled in every event. The skiers did a great job in re-focusing after each race. They stayed hungry for success throughout the entire championship. It was huge to hear the national anthem six times. I did not believe that we could win twelve medals. It’s very tough in the top, make small mistakes and you can quickly fall from the podium down to tenth place. Everything has to work perfect, and we succeeded in that. We reached our goal and then some, says Schjetne. Norway didn’t only do well capturing medals. There were lots of other very good results too.
– We had 18 top ten results. Our 19-year olds had six top ten, our 18-year olds seven top ten and our 17-year olds had three top ten. All three age categories did well. It shows strength when different skiers and age categories are doing well. Only three of our medal winners are moving up to the senior class next season. It’s good to see that so many programs around the country are doing a good job in producing good skiers, says Schjetne.