Nordic-Online.ch interviews Norway's Martin J. Sundby.
Interview by nordic-online.ch
Martin Johnsrud Sundby comes to the interview with a "New York - Cap" and is all smiles. He ran a strong last season and you can feel it immediately. His focus is directed to a big goal: individual gold in Sochi!
After injury-related loss of Dario Cologna and the uncertainties in Petter Northug it can be "large" season for Martin J. Sundby - the first season results are very promising! The 29-year-old Norwegian came without illness and injury through the summer and fall training and has also become one son. He is prepared to step up to take responsibility: At home and in the Norwegian team!
nordic-online.ch: New York - is not a cross-country destination - what fascinates you about this big city?
Martin J. Sundby: The diversity and anonymity of this city are unique and fascinating for me, I like the diversity of cultures - I can fill up well in New York after a busy season!
nordic-online.ch: Have you made any changes in your training and how did the summer training?
Martin J. Sundby: Yes, it was very good, and I have trained more than ever more intense - with the goal to be even faster in the "finish". So far I could get a high speed for a long time keep up but at this moment once again to add, was not my forte. I hope that I was able to make progress here. If I want to win more races, I need to be faster, it's easy!
nordic-online.ch: You had a few years ago heart rhythm disorders - What about this?
Martin J. Sundby: That was four years ago a problem - doctors have found that it is an inherited, genetic disease. For a while I was strong mentally busy and also wary of intensive training and of course in competition. But now everything is under control and everything works normally.
nordic-online.ch: Your expectations for Sochi?
Martin J. Sundby: So far I have not won any individual gold medal. So, it's my big goal to win a gold medal. But there are many factors which will play: the height, the climate with the rapid changes in the weather. We have the best service team and I am confident that we will have the situation "under control"!
nordic-online.ch: You were for years a specialist in the classic technique - last year you won the first World Cup race in the skating technique. How is it you managed an "all-rounder" to be?
Martin J. Sundby: It was a long process with many steps and small. After the Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010, I realized that I was not a good skater anymore and I had a choice: either only race in classic technique to deny or to take a step and step up work on the skating technique. Started then everything in a gym with a fitness and strength coach. I've developed everything from scratch with new strength and stabilization exercises, as well as much balance and coordination training. After 5 to 6 months I realized that the "Skating" feels different. Since then I train with this philosophy and I am very satisfied. But again: There were many small steps necessary!