Magnus Moan: "Hopefully Sweden is going to open its eyes to Nordic Combined!"
When the Nordic Combined World Cup will stop at Falun as the last venue of the 2013/14 season, it will mean a return to Swedish soil after 15 years of World Cup absence. And while Sweden is a very strong nation in cross-country skiing, Nordic Combined is a very small sport in the Scandinavian country. A pity, as multiple World Championship and Olympic medallist Magnus Moan from neighbouring Norway told to the Falun2015 newsletter.
"It is obviously a great challenge to have a body that is suitable for ski jumping and simultaneously has the strength and endurance required for cross-country skiing", the Norwegian explains about his sport. "And it definitely a little bit crazy to take off at 90 km/h and throw yourself in the air from a jumping hill. But I really enjoy Nordic Combined. It’s about mastering these daily challenges. When you succeed, it is an amazing feeling", says Moan who won two bronze medals at the home World Championships in Norway in 2011.
The 30 year-old won his first international medal at the highest level at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2005 in Oberstdorf, Germany. Another eight World Championships and Olympic medals have followed since. The only glaring hole remaining on his résumé is the lack of a gold medal: "My goal for the winter is to leave my mark on all the competitions that I participate in. And my sights are of course set at taking an Olympic medal in Sochi!"
Moan’s competition season will begin at the end of November when the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup gets underway in Kuusamo, Finland. Last season he finished fifth in the overall World Cup. Previously he has collected two second-place and two third-place finishes in the season rankings. This World Cup season with conclude with the pre-World Championships in Falun: "That is something I am really looking forward to. I have never been to Falun before. But I both hope and believe that the hills and courses are going to be good and that the competition will be held in fine conditions."
2015 will be another chance for the tall Norwegian to compete at World Championships in the North of Europe. That’s when Falun hosts the event: "I will do my very best to create a great atmosphere at the stadium in Falun with the many Norwegians who will attend the World Championships on site. And I also hope to help the Swedish people finally open their eyes to Nordic Combined, which is one of the most challenging winter sports", concludes Moan.
Interview courtesy of Falun2015!