Aino Kaisa Saarinen: On the way to the top

07 November 2012 08:31
Aino Kaisa Saarinen in Val Senales
Aino Kaisa Saarinen in Val Senales -

Finlands Cross-Country skier Aino Kaisa Saarinen looks forward to the coming winter and plans to return to the top. The new season starts for her this coming weekend at Rovaniemi. "I am coming to Rovaniemi on Friday the training camp. I will compete on Sunday and then continue to Muonio for the final preparation for the World Cup. It looks good, there is plenty of snow in the North, " she said to

At the Finnish Cup that continues this weekend in Rovaniemi with second stage and then at the Ruka Triple in Kuusamo Saarinen hopes for a good start. "In the early season Ruka Triple is the most important. I have to be there strong and fight for top positions to get a good feeling right from the beginning of the season. All the classical technique competitions are very important but I do not forget about free technique either. Competitions have always been for me the best training," Saarinen said.

She has built a new house in Hollola but in November and December she will not have much time to spend there. She is going to World Cups in Canada taking part in competitions in Canmore and skipping Quebec sprints. 

Saarinned had a successful training season with a three-week long training camp in Alaska with Kikkan Randall and U.S. and Canadian Cross-Country teams. "The atmosphere was at the camp was competitive but positive and supportive at the same time. It was fun," Saarinen said about the camp.

Aino Kaisa Saarinen has trained alone without a personal coach but with a support from mentors and instructors and she says she is happy with the arrangements. Only she is responsible for her training but ash she claims,  advice and help from mentors is very valuably especially in emergency situations. 

The training scheme remained unchanged for Saarinen. "The training base was the same, because it had worked. Now, I've done longer workouts over the aerobic threshold lately," she revealed.

For Saarinen the main goal of the season lies in Val di Fiemme at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. "A medal is always goal for me. I am focused on an individual medal," Saarinen said having particularly 30 km in sight. "If everything goes well skiathlon and sprint could be good competitions for me."she concluded.

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