Speedskating Suits For Norwegian Skiers?

FasterSkierJanuary 31, 2006

Source: Adresseavisen http://www.adressa.no/sport/vintersport/article610158.ece

Norwegian sprinters are getting new super equipment ahead of the Olympics. Researchers at the University of Trondheim have worked with the Norwegian Olympic committee to develop ski suits and other equipment in order increase Norwegian skier’s medal chances at the Olympics.

The project has been top secret until now, but Adresseavisen claims that they know that researchers at the University of Trondheim have been working intensely on developing skisuits and ski equipment that is supposed to give Norwegian skiers advantages at the Olympics in Torino.

– We have tested some new equipment. But I don’t want to comment on what it is, says sprinter Tor Arne Hetland.

All parties involved have been told to not leak any information.

– It might be an advantage for us. It’s at least exciting. That’s all the information you’ll get from me, said Eldar Ronning.

Small margins
– We are interested in increasing the small margins to our advantage. We will use this if it gives us advantages, but it’s no guarantee that we will use any new equipment at the Olympics. We need to test it out, feel safe that it’s better than what we have today, says sprint coach Ulf Morten Aune.

Adresseavisen asked a number of officials if the distance skiers also might use “the new equipment”, but got “no comments” answers.

It’s expected that the Norwegian team will unveil the new equipment at a press conference right prior to the Olympics.

Editor’s note: Canadian Sara Renner used a hooded speedskating suit when she captured bronze medal in the classic sprint at the 2005 Worlds


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