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Norway makes an exception and releases the super talent in Falun


Norway makes an exception in the protection of super talent Helene Marie Fossesholm, 18, and releases her in Falun for the weekend. - If she becomes among the top ten, it is far above expectations, says national team coach Ole Morten Iversen.

After two pallet placements in the Norwegian season opening in Beitostölen in November, Fossesholm had high expectations for the debut of the World Cup in Lillehammer in early December. She became 18th in the skiathlon over 15km, a result that most 18-year-olds would have been happy with, but Fossesholm was pissed and immediately looked forward to showing off a better side to the world elite.

However, it did not seem like it would be a new situation for the World Cup this season given the extremely tough competition prevailing in Norway and that Fossesholm's big goal is JVM, which is decided simultaneously with the Norwegian World Cup competitions in Drammen and Oslo in early March. .

In addition, it is a delicate step between junior and senior level.

Third place on NM opened the door

But after Fossesholm finished third in the NM at 15 km mass start this weekend after Therese Johaug, who paid tribute to Fossesholm, and Ingvild Flugstad Östberg, the national team management opens the door for the super talent.

In Falun on Sunday, Fossesholm is 10 km free in mass starts (originally would have been 15 km with interval start), which makes her against Frida Karlsson, 20, who makes a comeback after her break due to deteriorating health values. It will be an interesting duel in the competition itself.

- It is probably about the same situation as last time and you should try to have some expectations of her. She did a mediocre race in Lillehammer and it would be fun if she got to a race that shows what she goes for, Iversen tells NRK.

That the race is decided in freestyle is seen as an advantage for Fossesholm.

- She can ride a lot of 10 km freely. If she becomes among the top ten, it is far above expectations, says Iversen.

Source: svt

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