Iivo Niskanen aims high next season

21 October 2014 10:20
Iivo Niskanen in Sochi
Iivo Niskanen in Sochi -
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Iivo Niskanen aims high next season and looks for victory in 50 km at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun 2015.

Finnish Cross-Country team is now at the high altitude training in Val Senales, Italy. The rising star of the Finnish Cross-Country skiing Iivo Niskanen has focused on double poling during the off-season. 

“40% of my roller skiing workouts have been double poling. I seem to have moved forward. It will be interesting to see how I will feel in the winter,” Niskanen said to YLE. 

There is a good reason for his training focus. “I have set myself a goal - 50 km in Falun next year. It is the last competition, and the crown race of the event. Last year I had a chance to inspect the courses and that is why I have focused on improving my double-poling. That has not been my strength since I only recently moved from the juniors to the senior category,” Niskanen said. 

Niskanen had a breakthrough season last winter. In January 2014 he became the FIS U23 World Champion in 15 km classic. Only a few weeks later a highlight of his career came when he and Sami Jauhojärvi claimed gold medal in the team sprint classic at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. 

“I learned a lot last season. Competing at the World Cup will be different now when I know I can fight with the best for top results,” Niskanen claimed. 

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