From no training at all to gold

Posted on | February 11, 2015 | Category: Arena

Anine Ahlsand had a virus last winter. This time her winter has got better and better. The Norwegian is now an individual Junior World Champion.

“It’s so good to feel that the body is working again”, she smiles. “Recently it has been responding better and better”.

The win on the Sprint was taken just a couple of seconds before her team mate Evine Westli Andersen. Also in the third spot it was a Norwegian – Andrine Benjaminsen.

For the third-year junior most of the course was perfectly done, but she lost some seconds in the very last part. “I got overheated with excitement”, she smiles. The Norwegian knew she had done very well and made only some small mistake.

She is from Oslo and is also orienteering and cross-country skiing. As a first year junior she won one distance at the national championships in cross-country skiing. The athlete from Nydalens Skiklub has won youth championships in both orienteering and ski orienteering.

Last winter she had to spend months away from sport. “I got a virus”. First in the spring she was not sick any longer and could go on. “I started from scratch because for a long time I hadn’t done anything physical. At the beginning I was running for only ten minutes just twice a week. I had to build up very carefully”.

The body needed months to come back to the level from before. “But now I can do what I want”, she says.


Text and photo: Erik Borg

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