Andrey Lamov in new surroundings

Posted on | December 8, 2016 | Category: News

After having lived most of his life in Russia, the experienced ski orienteer Andrey Lamov has moved to Falun in Sweden. With better training facilities and a new coach, a medal at the World SkiO Championships on home ground seems closer.

In January 2015 Andrey Lamov was announced as the Athlete of the month, after winning the overall SkiO World Cup 2014. In the end of the interview, the previous Athlete of the Month, Hana Hancikova, asked Andrey Lamov if he was planning a long-term stay in Sweden:

– Yes Hana, see you in Falun! Well, it is not that clear yet, Andrey Lamov replied to the ski orienteer Hana Hanchikova who lives in the Swedish city Falun.

Most of the things that were not clear in 2015 have now been sorted out, and Andrey Lamov has spent the autumn in Falun. Only one obstacle remains before Falun becomes his permanent residence:

– At the moment, I am on a tourist visa in Sweden, which allows me to stay in the Schengen zone only half of the time. I am waiting for my permission for permanent residence and I hope I will get it by the end of the winter or beginning of the spring. It is very complicated for me to travel abroad with a tourist visa because I have to count the days I am here, Andrey Lamov says.

He will be moving from Cherepovets, about 500 kilometres north of Moscow, where he has been training on his own. The move to Falun is a step towards better training facilities, but other things than sport have been involved in his decision:

– Me and my girlfriend Magdalena Olsson [8. position in SkiO World Ranking] have been together for 3.5 years, so moving together was a reasonable step. I have more opportunities to do SkiO in Sweden, so that is why we chose Sweden, Andrey Lamov says.

And why the choice fell on Falun is obvious, the pair being ski orienteers. The city is a centre for SkiO in Sweden, with skiers such as Linus Rapp, Erik Rost and Martin Hammarberg around. Andrey Lamov has been admitted to the Dalarna Sports Academy (DSA), which has specific training for both ski orienteering and cross-country skiing, which gives a perfect training environment:

– We are many people on the training, so it is much easier to do hard sessions. The training among the skiing section and ski orienteering is very similar and that is a good opportunity for me to compare and learn from the fast skiers, Andrey Lamov says.

 

Motivational support from new coach

The Sport Academy in Dalarna offers good conditions for skiers with good access to a gym and an artificial ski track prepared quite early in the season, which Andrey Lamov finds very profitable. Previously, Andrey Lamov organized most of his trainings by himself. His official coach was his mother Elena who more was a great sparring partner to him. In Falun, coaches related to DSA provide most trainings:

– In summer time, they have five trainings per week in Falun or nearby. The coaches Mattias Nilsson and Annika Zell plan and organize everything for it. As an athlete, you just come and do your training. Annika Zell is the coach for the ski orienteering part. She helps a lot with composing training plans. She also films every training, which lets me work a lot on my ski technique. From her I also get much theoretical and motivational support, Andrey Lamov says.

Roller skiing is a common practice for skiers in summertime. In Falun, they combine it with orienteering and do roller ski-orienteering trainings.

The competition in the Russian team is tough, with six skiers within the top 16 on the World Ranking list. Placed sixth in the world, Andrey Lamov is aiming to make it to all the season’s major events. He opened the ski-o season at a small competition and he was satisfied with his performance:

– My preparation has been good this summer, though it feels good that there is still some time to improve my weak sides before the big events. I hope to stay healthy during the winter and I am planning to use the European SkiO Championships in Finland as a checkpoint of the shape. I will try to peak at the World SkiO Championships in Krasnoyarsk where it will be very exciting to compete on home ground in Russia, Andrey Lamov says.

The first major SkiO event this season will be ESOC in Imatra, Finland 8-12 February. The season finishes with the WSOC in Krasnoyarsk, Russia 7-12 March. Read more about the upcoming season here: Link

 

Athlete of the month January 2015 – Andrey Lamov.

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