Daniel Rickardsson and the Swedish Cross-Country team aim for greater heights

14 September 2011 12:25

Daniel Rickardson ended last season on the third place in the overall World Cup ranking behind Dario Cologna and Petter Northug jr. For the upcoming winter the tall Swedish is aiming for higher positions.

The Swedish Cross-Country team has been in Livigno for high altitude training camp this week. Italian Livigno is a small town in the province of Sondiro, near the border with Switzerland. Daniel Rickardson and the Swedish distance squad are going to train in the altitude of 1800 meters until next Sunday. “I've been to Livigno earlier, it’s an incredibly beautiful place. It’s a prefect place to go to when it's getting colder at home,” Daniel Rickardson says.

He has had a good summer. “The training has gone as planned, with a slight increase comparing to last year both in quantity and intensity. I have laid a good foundation for winter. I should get a little faster and explosive to be able to be more competitive in sprints, which is required for me to fight for top places in the FIS Tour de Ski and overall World Cup,” he explained.

Daniel Rickardson used to be a typical classical technique specialist a few years ago. Already last season he managed to improve his free technique. He was on the podium several times in the World Cup. “There are always technical details to work on in order to optimize the integrity of both classic and free techniques. It is a challenge to find the keys that make you go faster and more efficiently,” Richardsson revealed.

The successes of last winter, including the victory in Drammen over 15 km classic, have made Richardsson in all respects stronger. “I know what I can achieve when everything goes right and I feel good, my confidence got stronger too. I’ve been working together with my coach Joakim Abrahamsson on improving my weak parts and getting more stable in performance. It requires a little extra effort from me,” Daniel explains and is looking forward to racing. “I can not wait taking on my racing bib!”

The national coach Joakim Abrahamsson says there are few athletes who train as hard as Daniel Rickardson and that it goes hand in hand with a sophisticated balance between training load and recovery. “It’s a puzzle that requires structured life style. Daniel cannot afford unnecessary energy drop out. When it's rest day he rests and recharges his batteries for next training load. Mindset and focus must be the best,” the Swedish coach says.

Swedish Cross-Country squad is in Livigno from September 12-19. After the training camp in Italy they will move to Davos for another portion of dry-land training until September 23. As it looks today, Johan Olsson and Marcus Hellner will skip the first part of the camp. Johan has had a problem with his shoulder, and Marcus has been recovering after a slight cold. Magdalena Pajala will join the team later as well due to cold.

Press release of the Swedish Cross-Country Team