Frida Karlsson: – Snorts at Norwegian criticism

Frida Karlsson: – Snorts at Norwegian criticism
Frida Karlsson: – Snorts at Norwegian criticism

During May, the Swedish star trio Frida Karlsson, Maja Dahlqvist and Linn Svahn announced that they are breaking with Sweden’s national cross-country team and choosing to bet privately ahead of the upcoming WC season.

The core of the dispute – for Karlsson and Dahlqvist’s part – is that the duo wants greater flexibility and freedom of choice regarding the sessions and more time to train at home with their private trainers, in order to keep the “common thread” and continuity in the training.

The choice has been criticized by, among other things, several Norwegian and Swedish cross-country skiing profiles.

– They don’t know anything

In an interview with Frida Karlsson, the Swedish newspaper Expressen asked the downhill specialist what she thinks about the Norwegian criticism that has been directed at her in several areas over several years.

The criticism has previously dealt with both how she trains and organizes her races, while now it is the choice to break with the national team that has been discussed by several Norwegian cross-country profiles and experts.

– It’s really “great fun”, because they don’t know anything, Frida Karlsson adds The Express and laughs.

FNYSER: Frida Karlsson says that she is not influenced by the criticism. Photo: Anders Wiklund / TT / code 10040
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– But is it really just cool? Don’t you get annoyed?

– No, it doesn’t affect me. People are allowed to think, think and have their opinions, but they don’t have the whole picture. That’s why I don’t take their criticism to heart, says the 23-year-old and adds:

– If you want to know more, you can check my training diary.

Different roads

Karlsson is not the first to challenge the Swedish national team model.

The role model Charlotte Kalla chose in 2016 to break with the national team and invest privately, before she later made a comeback on the Swedish national team. Breaking with the national team in order to prioritize private investment, Petter Northug also did back in 2013.

In Norwegian women’s cross-country skiing, however, the profiles and singles have been loyal defenders of the Norwegian national team model with Marit Bjørgen and Therese Johaug at the forefront.

ENJOYING THEMSELVES: Marit Bjørgen laughs at Therese Johaug’s party photos. Video: Løkås/Godø. Clip: Therese Johaug / Instagram
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Johaug’s warning

In front of Dagbladet, Johaug is clear that she believes the national team is the best place to be for a hard-working athlete.

– They have to do what they feel is right for them, and I don’t know what the main reason is. Personally, I believe that the national team is the best. I would never have been where I am without having been on the national team, and I really noticed it when I was two years away, says Johaug to Dagbladet.

– Being on a team, being at a meeting with the girls and having that team around me at all times, I really saw how much people put in the work they did for us to succeed.

– Are they making a mistake?

– They are flirting with a comeback in the national team, so it may be that they see that there is a lot that needs to be fixed and arranged even when you are in a team. You only see that when you’re outside, Johaug points out.

SECRET: Therese Johaug revealed a hitherto unknown detail from the stage during the Ski Association’s seminar “Our Future Ski Sport Seminar”. Video: Løkås/Haarstad
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In an interview with Aftonbladet in August, Karlsson and Dahlqvist stated that they are open to returning to the national team after this season, but that requires certain changes with more flexibility.

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The article is in Norwegian

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