Sjur Røthe is ready for the new season

28 October 2013 10:16
Sjur Røthe in Val Senales
Sjur Røthe in Val Senales -
Marcus Schild, nordic-online.ch

For over 10 days, the Norwegian top Cross-Country skier Sjur Røthe has been with his teammate Martin Johnsrud Sundby in Val Senales. Røthe was one of the rising stars the past season and a dark horse for the upcoming FIS Cross-Country World Cup Season 2013/14.

The lightweight Sjur Røthe resembles his alleged disadvantage (height and weight) by his excellent technique. With his cheerful, friendly charisma he is popular among Cross-Country skiers.

Q: Let us look briefly back at the past season - what was your highlight?

Sjur Røthe: It was definitely my most successful season ever so far. For the first time in my career I finished in the top three in the World Cup for the first time in a single race on the podium. I was very happy with the World Championships in Val di Fiemme, as I won my first individual medal (bronze in 15km+15km skiathlon) and Norway won gold in the relay, which meant a lot for me!

Q: Have you made any changes in your training and how did the summer go?

S.R.: When I evaluated the season with my coaches Trond Nystad and Steinar Mundal in the spring, we decided to increasingly integrate harder trainings with intervals. I'm more the type who likes extensive units on foot and less intense workouts. So, this was an important change.

However, in June, I suffered a foot injury. I could be running for six weeks and I had to do only alternative training - this situation made me a little nervous! But now everything is fine again and from the training perspective I am where I want to be. I hope I'm ready when the season starts.

Q: And what about the equipment?

S.R.: I've tested a lot because all my equipment contracts expired in the spring of 2013. I did not do any changes and stay with Fischer skis, Salomon boots and KV+ poles.

Q: Your skating technique is superb. What is your secret?

S.R.: If you want to be good, you have to work every day even on your strengths, the technique training is always a part of my training - for me it is very important!

Q: What are your weaknesses?

S.R.: Together with Trond and Steinar we have been working a lot on my weaker discipline, on classical technique. Last winter I got better, I hope to make further progress.

Q: How important is the Norwegian team for you?

S.R.: We have a great atmosphere in our team and we are at an incredibly high level. Even the boys in our “development team" are very strong. The entire coaching and support staff around us are excellent; also the service team, everything fits perfectly! Here inVal Senales we rented the entire hotel only for our team, which has been optimal.

Q: Did you miss Petter Northug in the team during the summer?

S.R.: Yes, you know, Petter is not only an exceptional Cross-Country skier, he is also a very funny guy. I hope that he will be ready when I send him to the last leg of the rely in Sochi Sjur smiles)

Q: What is your daily routine? 

S.R.: Beside the training camps with the Norwegian team, I spend most of the time at home in Lillehammer. I grew up in Voss on the west coast, near Bergen. For some years now I’ve lived in Lillehammer, where I often train with my colleague Pål Golberg. He's a sprinter - but I'm trying the sprint he wants to learn and improve in distance competitions. This works very well!

Q: Do you have time for studying?

S.R.: I started a business education program in Lillehammer, but I had to put the studies on hold. At the moment I’m 100% focused on Cross-Country skiing and I hope to lead this life for some years.

Contributed by Markus Schild, www.nordic-online.ch