Kalla and Haag ready for the World Cup action in La Clusaz

17 December 2010 13:12

Charlotte Kalla and Anna Haag have had a good training week in Davos and feel healthy and fresh for this weekend's World Cup in France La Clusaz.

Both Charlotte Kalla and Anna Haag threw a towel in the ring just a few days before Davos and skipped the World Cup weekend in Switzerland. "The girls have resumed training and are eager to race and perform well, "says the ladies' team coach Rikard Grip. Ladies will go tomorrow 15 km Mass Start Free and a relay on Sunday. Other Swedish girls at the start will be Ida Ingemarsdotter, Sara Lindborg and Maria Rydqvist. Mia Eriksson has to unfortunately sit out La Clusaz due to cold.

Olsson at home in Sweden

Johan Olsson has been struggling with illness last week and left home just before Davos. "Johan is again back in in training. We agreed that the best thing for him is to stay at home and find the shape for the Tour de Ski, which kicks-off on the New Year's Eve in Oberhof, Germany. Johan will be working hard at the Tour, "said men's head coach Joakim Abrahamsson.

Hudiksvall IF's Fredrik Karlsson is going to replace Johan Olsson at the 30 km Mass Start Free tomorrow. Karlsson is free technique specialist and claimed second place last week at the FIS race in Aasarna, Sweden over 15 km Free. "Fredrik Karlsson and Calle Halfvarsson are two youngster we picked up from the development team Team 2015. It's good for them to  get familiar with international racing, "said Joakim Abrahamsson.

Swedish men in good shape

Marcus Hellner, Daniel Rickardson, Anders Södergren and Jens Eriksson are reported to be in great shape and look forward to the 30 km Mass Start Free with confidence. "Tomorrow we're going to have first out of two 30 km races before the World Champs in Oslo. Obviously, I would like to see our guys on the right track and I believe that they are, "said Joakim Abrahamsson.

Another relay victory for Sweden?

Sweden won the first relay of the season on Gällivare and they want more. "We think we can again fight for top positions in the relay. Mats Larsson will replace Johan Olsson. Mats did pretty well in Gällivare when we won. I was deciding between Mats and Emil Jönsson, who impressed at the home stretch in Gällivare. The decision was that I want to test Mats this time," explained Joakim Abrahamsson.

Contributed by Torbjorn Nordvall