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Norway's largest skitalent is only 17 years. Let her drop the Swedish Johaug in the world cup!

WHILE Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Therese Johaug dominates the international kvinnelangrenn on everything except sprint, flashing the telltale for weak recruitment behind skijentene. Last weekend was the nestbeste Norwegian outclassed in the Scandinavian Cup of the Swedish new superstar Frida Karlsson, in the two races where Norway only had a couple, three girls among the 15 best.

These results could have passed in the shadow of the Norwegian success in the Tour de Ski where also the youngest on the team tvillingsøstrene Lotta and Tiril Weng showed nice development, but the negative tendency is for the ready:

After many years of continuous English success, comes a shift where the swedes and the russians quickly takes over. Beating Weng and crushes junior athletes – the 16-year-old Helene can be Norway's next storløper

It means that Skiforbundet now going to evaluate your fitness regime to the oldest junior athletes. There is hardly any other reason than the sheer quality of the training that the Norwegian girls are lagging behind, while the peers, the boys are moving faster than ever.

But otherwise get this shift in the international kvinnelangrenn just come without the Norwegian skimiljøet take shortcuts by cynically to push forward the very youngest talents.

ENGLISH cross-country skiing has a tradition to keep the young skaters. There is a sense of thinking we are simply not alone. Before the season discussed the national leadership's this challenge with the Swedish skisjefen Rikard Grip. He think alike..

Just cost the swedes more than us. Where the Norwegian kvinnelaget even without our new sensationally good 17-year-old is going to make it strong also in the Seefeld world cup, had it been more tempting for the swedes to top his own impressive wide success with betting young.

It does not happen. As in Norway set WORLD border in the middle of the junior class. It means that Frida Karlsson (born 1999) is going to Seefeld together with our own Kristine Stavås Skistad (born 1999), while the Norwegian national leadership's holding two years younger Helene Marie Fossesholm at home no matter how fast she may go in the weeks ahead the junior world cup or senior-NM.

While Helene Marie for the first time in the winter getting checked the level its in relation to Frida Karlsson without something violently forventningstrykk on 5 km free in a world championship for juniors in Lahti about two weeks, the release she luckily to be measured against the swede and the other more or less adult skaters when it really matters in the Seefeld world CHAMPIONSHIPS in February.

Therese Johaug amazed his 16-year-old heir

BACKGROUND for this careful matching is quite simple. It is a goal for Norwegian elite sport to help forward long careers. Historically, paying this both for the athletes and national teams. Then skiledernes task to think long term in regards to each and every outlet.

Such good principles should also be managed with common sense in individual cases. Petter Northug as juniorløper should have been taken out for the winter OLYMPICS in 2006, even though the actual vrakingen of the 20-year-old, ironically enough perhaps gave him both a better and longer career. Two years younger Therese Johaug'd rather not hurt to go the world cup in 2007 although there was much fuss about his place on the 3-mila.

And to the memory of today's young superstar, so debuted not John Høsflot Klæbo in the world cup before he was 19 years old. The same age when the first Fossesholm about two seasons.

NOW it may well be that the very sensible Helene Marie Fossesholm with nice supporters around themselves, without the difficulties had overcome to be rewarded with a world cup trip in February. Purely social, it is most likely, and she goes after all faster on skis than any peers, Norwegian teenage girl has done before her.

A real juniortabbe

the Problem is just that even her amazing results as 16 -and 17-year-old does not come with any warranty or guarantee that this really is the start of even a Norwegian managed to secure that the tales about Marit Bjørgen or Therese Johaug. Perhaps she is better as a cyclist? So good that she eventually rather choose to measure themselves against the results of the abdicated terrengdronningen Gunn Rita Dahle Flesjå? For the next funny world cup for Helene Marie after the meeting with Frida Karlsson in Lahti, the junior world CHAMPIONSHIP in mountain biking in Canada in the fall.

The real sportseventyrene written the first when it to compete in the seniorklassen is the fixed stage, and the sport's very best, nevertheless do not completely know what the young challengers come with. Thus, to Frida Karlsson Sunday distanced all with two minutes on the 20 km in the Scandinavian Cup after beating both Ebba Andersson and Stina Nilsson in the 10 km classic in sesongåpningen in Bruksvallarna two months ago. Or as extremely fast Kristine Stavås Skistad almost sprinted down Maiken Caspersen Falla in the Norwegian the start of the season, and came up with the final of the world cup in Lillehammer, norway.

WHEN get it then be that the same Skistad the week after was sjanseløs two years younger Fossesholm on the distance during the world cup-mønstringen for juniors at Hovden. After that Skistad was a bit on the front of the sprint, the distance between the two on the 5 km of over a minute in favor of the 17-year-old.

So incredibly quickly goes Helene Marie now.

But still to the big national skipublikummet be allowed to wait. The range of fine Norwegian skitalenter that remained just that, shows that it is best to.

So can both Helene Marie Fossesholm and we're looking forward to she possibly shows the opposite.

Alarmed hand:- Johaug and I are remarkably similar
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