Anine Ahlsand – success all year

Posted on | July 7, 2015 | Category: Arena

In the winter, Anine Ahlsand won gold at the JWOC in ski orienteering. Now in the summer she has won gold at JWOC in orienteering. The Norwegian is definitely back in business.

A very happy Norwegian ran a super Middle Distance race with almost no mistakes. And she climbed up on to the highest point of the podium. “Especially when thinking about my condition one year ago, this is incredible”, she says.

She was sick then, but didn’t give up. “I did always think I should come back, and during the year with a virus and mycoplasma there were small steps in the right direction. At the worst time, I managed only to go to school.

The second-last year junior had enough with going “just” to school a bit more than one year ago. Last summer she started with ten minutes of running per day. Now she has been in good training for a while, and impressed a lot on the Middle Distance. She showed again that her strength was up to its very best.

She’s a talent also in cross country skiing, and she won the Norwegian Championship in that sport before she got the virus. “I go mainly for orienteering and cross-country skiing, but ski orienteering is also fine to combine with these sports”.

A short while ago she was awarded 60,000 Norwegian kroner from ‘Olympiatoppen’, an organisation helping the federations with elite sport in Norway, as youth development money.

– Why are you doing so well?

“I am very happy in my training”.

From the autumn she will start studying in Trondheim, half-time, and of course continue to work hard in her sport. She has lived so far in Kjelsås in the middle of the northern part of Oslo. Her club is Nydalens Skiklub, the biggest orienteering club in Norway, with a lot of youngsters and talented orienteers. Jonas Madslien Bakken, the fourth best in the men’s class, is originally from this club too. He is now studying in Trondheim and representing the student club NTNUI.


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