Alaskan skier Anders Haugen (24) is spending two months training in Norway this summer.
After having spent a couple of weeks training with a few local athletes in the vicinity of Trondheim, I was able to meet up with the private team, Manpower, in central Norway’s Sognefjell region. Team Manpower is a privately funded team that is led by Fredrik Aukland, one of Norway’s famous Aukland brothers. It consists of some of Norway’s most promising young athletes who have all shown top results at the top levels of Nordic competition, both in Norway and internationally. Some results they have to their credit are top ten finishes at the Vasaloppet, U23’s and the Norwegian Championships. So needless to say they are some of best athletes in Norway and the world.
Oystein Petterson (to the left) and Simen Ostensen (on the right) looking for snow.