In an interview with NRK, Maiken Caspersen Falla makes it clear that she is critical of the attitudes to sprint. At Monday’s press conference in Oberstdorf, she elaborates on her opinions.
– Yes, ever since I started betting on sprints, I was always asked “when are you going to do something else”? It is an attitude that distance runners are not met with, she says, and states:
– Sprint has recovered a lot in recent years. We have an even larger audience and many I have talked to see that they love to watch, and that it is the most entertaining cross-country exercise. It has been a big change from my first World Cup in Liberec in 2009, and I am happy to see that, she thinks.
Caspersen Falla says that she has arrived at the World Cup with low shoulders.
– Everything is not new, I have been in this situation before and come to the World Cup with low shoulders. I’m trying to enjoy myself. The body has functioned well the last two and a half months considering the training I have done since mid-December, and hope that it lasts, says the reigning world champion.
However, the hot weather in the World Cup city worries her a bit.
– I personally believe that the organizers make those measures so that it will be a fair trail, and that there will not be many accidents and falls down. I trust that the organizer does the job and gets a good course, even if soft conditions make it challenging, says Caspersen Falla.
Coach Ola Vigen Hattestad believes in a solid Norwegian effort in Thursday’s World Cup sprint.
– These are girls who have performed well throughout the season. There was some debris before Christmas with Maiken. But these are strong girls, we have prepared very well and focused on the trail that awaits. We have trained on the qualities needed and have a very strong team, he warns.
This is how it went last time in the World Ski Championships
This is how it last went during the World Ski Championships in Seefeld in 2019:
Sprint, free technique 1) Maiken Caspersen Falla, 2) Stina Nilsson, Sweden, 3) Mari Eide.
Team sprint, classic: 1) Stina Nilsson / Maja Dahlqvist, Sweden, 2) Katja Visnar / Anamarija Lampic, Slovenia, 3) Maiken Caspersen Falla / Ingvild Flugstad Østberg.
10 km classic: 1) Therese Johaug, 2) Frida Karlsson, Sweden, 3) Ingvild Flugstad Østberg.
Skiathlon: 1) Therese Johaug, 2) Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, 3) Natalia Neprjajeva, Russia.
30 km free technique: 1) Therese Johaug, 2) Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, 3) Frida Karlsson, Sweden.
Relay: 1) Sweden (Ebba Andersson, Frida Karlsson, Charlotte Kalla, Stina Nilsson), 2) Norway (Heidi Weng, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, Therese Johaug), 3) Russia (Julia Belorukova, Anastasia Sedova, Anna Netsjajevskaja , Natalia Neprjajeva).