Ola Vigen Hattestad to take part in the FIS Tour de Ski

26 October 2011 09:18
Ola Vigen Hattestad in Liberec
Ola Vigen Hattestad in Liberec -

Second best sprinter from the last FIS Cross-Country World Cup season Ola Vigen Hattestad of Norway plans to take part in this year’s edition of FIS Tour de Ski.

“I have added more endurance training this season,” Ola Vigen Hattestad said to langrenn.com.

Hattestad have been training recently in Ramsau, where he made a stop on the way to his second homeland in Slovenia. The sprint specialist from Oerje has spent most of October with Norwegian sprint squad on training camps in Livigno and Val Senales. Soon, the team will leave for Mallorca.

Langrenn.com spoke to Ola Vigen Hattestad during the training camp on the glacier and got interesting facts about preparation for the season.

More focus on endurance

“The training has gone as planned throughout the off-season, without significant problems. The biggest change I have made is that I’ve added more endurance training than before,” the runner up of the Sprint World Cup stated.

Ola Vigen Hattestad strongly believes in the training system that has been implemented in previous seasons. However, in the year without a title event he decided to put more focus on longer distances. Hattestad explained langrenn.com why he believed it was a smart decision.

“The championships courses have become as demanding as the trails at World Cup. Courses in Sochi are said to resemble tracks in Vancouver, both long and demanding,” says the man who can look back on two annoying fourth place spots from the two last championship sprints.

FIS Tour de Ski in focus

FIS Tour de Ski is the biggest motivation for Hattested to increase his longer distances capacity. He has tried out distance racing against the World’s best skiers before, namely in Falun, but without greater success. This season, Hattestad wants to show he can perform well in distance races as well.

“This year’s Tour is looking very good. Naturally, I will focus mainly on sprints, but I have delivered some good results in distance races in Norway and believe some of the Tour stages could fit me well,” the sprinter says and hopes to find a ticket to Middle Europe under the Christmas tree.

Swedes to be toughest competitors

The off-season preparation of the Norwegian sprint star has gone smoothly so far. Something that cannot be said about Sweden’s Emil Joensson and Jesper Modin. Jönsson defended the Small Crystal Globe for the victory in the sprint World Cup and Modin claimed third place. Both of them have been, however, coping with health issues. Jönsson got injured recently having pulled his thigh whereas Modin has been fighting with illnesses.

Ola Vigen Hattestad and his teammates, however, believe that the Swedes will be again the biggest competitors also upcoming season. “Emil had been injured before and strongly came back,” Hattestad refers to 2009/10 season when Joensson was injured at the beginning but successfully returned, grabbed several World Cup wins and took the Sprint World Cup title.

Contributed by langrenn.com