TrainingTime Crunch Between Studies And Elite Training

FasterSkier FasterSkierAugust 18, 2005

Tord Asle Gjerdalen (22) has so far been able to combine medicine studies and elite cross country ski training, but that might get tougher.

Source: Langrenn.com

– It’s going to get tougher to combine studies and elite level training this year says Tord Asle Gjerdalen. He has despite his young age impressed in ski racing, especially since he is also studying medicine.

– It has up until now not been mandatory too show up at many of the courses. Starting this fall is however mostly mandatory classes. It’s going to get a lot tougher to find time for training and recovery, says the 22-year old.

Gjerdalen is one of the five skiers on the private Norwegian Manpower team. His results also allow him to take part in some of the national team camps. He is very satisfied with the program/opportunity the Manpower team is giving him.

– We are a bunch of young kids that want to breathe down the neck of the elite skiers. He is careful when it comes to talking about goals for the season. He has two fifth places at the Norwegian nationals as his best results. He also has four gold medals from junior nationals.

— The most important when I race is that things are working out. The results will follow if that happens, says Gjerdalen

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