Norway nominates national teams for 2014/15

29 April 2014 07:15
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Norwegian Cross-Country Committee has selected 25 athletes for three national Cross-Country teams.

There are 11 athletes in the ladies’ team, eight in the men’s saquad and six athletes in the men's sprint national group.

Changes and new faces

A few skiers have changed their focus after last winter.  Pål Golberg is switching from sprint national team to the all-round squad, whereas  Finn Hågen Krogh is going the opposite way. Simen Østensen comes back to the all-round  team, also Chris Jespersen is back in the national team after several years out.

Martine Ek Hagen

Simen Andreas Sveen and Didrik Tønseth are the new faces on the all-round team,  Sondre Turvoll Fossli makes his debut on the sprint team. Ladies’ team will be joined by Kathrine Harsem and Martine Ek Hagen who get a chance on the women's elite team. 

“We want to signal a direction towards the next Olympics. This is not a generation change, but we have a young athletes in different teams. Preparation for the next winter is going to be similar as before with less high altitude training,” head coach Vidar Løfshus explains.

Vibeke Skofterud, Oystein Pettersen, Petter Eliassen, Niklas Dyrhaug and Tord Asle Gjerdalen are going to leave the national system for the season 2014/2015.

National teams

Ladies
Celine Brun-Lie, Njård
Marit Bjørgen, Rognes IL
Maiken Caspersen Falla, Gjerdrum IL
Martine Ek Hagen, IL BUL
Kathrine Harsem, IL Varden
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, IL Heming
Therese Johaug, IL Nansen
Marthe Kristoffersen, IL Varden
Kristin Størmer Steira, IL Forsøk
Heidi Weng, IL BUL
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Gjøvik Skiklubb 

Coaches: Egil Kristiansen and Roar Hjelmset

Men, allround         

Pål Golberg, Gol IL
Chris Jespersen, IL Korlevoll
Eldar Rønning, Skogn IL
Sjur Røthe, Voss IL
Simen Andreas Sveen, Ring IL
Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Røa IL
Didrik Tønseth, Byåsen IL
Simen Østensen, Fossum IF 

Coaches: Trond Nystad og Steinar Mundal

Men, sprint 
Eirik Brandsdal, Kjelsås IL
Sondre Turvoll Fossli, Hokksund IL
Anders Gløersen, Rustad IL
Ola Vigen Hattestad, Ørje IL
Finn Hågen Krogh, Tverrelvdal IL
Tomas Northug, Strindheim IL 

Coach: Arild Monsen

Read the whole article at http://www.skiforbundet.no/langrenn/nyhetsarkiv/langrennslandslagene/