Frode Andresen will still prioritize biathlon, but hopes along with biathlon college Lars Berger to qualify for the Olympic 50-kilometer race.
FasterSkier.com just reported that Lars Berger is aiming for a spot on the Norwegian cross country team for the upcoming Torino, Italy Olympics. Berger said that he especially want to race the 50-kilometer freestyle race.
Frode Andresen has the same desire.
– The Olympic 50-kilometer is absolutely interesting, says Andresen.
– If would be fun if I at that point is strong enough and it could fits in.
Biathlon will however still be the most important for Andresen this season.
– I haven’t planned that much yet, but biathlon is my first priority. I will also race cross country if I can fit it in. It will be like last season, explains the biathlete that has a desire to also qualify for the Olympic 50-kilometer.
– I will race the cross country opening and qualification races at Beitostolen, but isn’t planning on peaking for this, so I’ll race to get the practice.
He’ll do the biathlon World Cup the weekend after that and is not planning on doing any cross country World Cup races in November. That conflicts with biathlon, says Andresen
He will need to qualify for the cross country team later in the season.
– It might be possible to qualify in a World Cup 30-kilometer in January or at the latest at the Norwegian Nationals, explains the biathlon skier.
Andresen is making only small changes in his training toward next winter, but is making some adjustments regarding altitude preparations.
– I have trained hard the entire time. The only difference will be that I will be training a little longer and a little harder at altitude. I need a more miles in my legs if I’m going to race longer distances, explains Andresen.
He is not being lazy this summer either.
– I’m doing two hard workouts per day. That’s not for slackers. I’m training hard these days, he explains.
Several biathlon skiers have made it be known that they want to among others want to race the Olympic 50-kilometer race, but Andresen denies that this is causing problems on the biathlon team.
– It’s not a subject of concern, it’s simply adjusted to the individual athlete’s plans, says Andresen