It has been a year since Helene Fossesholm last skied. The 22-year-old who came like a bullet into the World Cup circus as an 18-year-old for the WC 2021 has had to put his career on hold. She had lost her joy and spark.
But on Tuesday the news came that the competition break was finally over. Fossesholm was to make a comeback during this weekend’s Norgescup at Nes, where she was registered for both the 10 kilometer freestyle on Saturday and the 20 kilometer classic on Sunday.
But it won’t be like that. On Friday afternoon, Fossesholm reports that she “doesn’t feel quite fit” and will not start on Saturday.
– I’m over Saturday and I’m not quite fit, says Fossesholm via the press contact for the Norwegian Skiing Association.
According to what TV2 understands, she still keeps an option open to go on Sunday.
Struggling physically and mentally
Just before the national season opener at Beitostølen in mid-November, Helene Fossesholm said she had to put her career on hold.
The week after the season opener at Beitostølen, the 22-year-old called a press conference about the situation, and was open about the fact that she has had a difficult time, and that the last autumn in particular has been demanding for her. She had lost her joy and spark. For long periods she had barely exercised.
– The reason I’m taking a break is that I’m on my way back from a bang. There will be some bumps in the face on the way, and I knew that. There is no straight road to the top, said Fossesholm during the press conference in November.
The 22-year-old then indicated that she hoped to do some skiing after the New Year.
A year ago last time
Fossesholm has not skied at an international level since the World Cup in Les Rousses in France last weekend in January last year. She was then number 15 in the 10 kilometer freestyle.
She then went to the Norwegian Cup at Åsen in mid-February, and since then, Fossesholm has not gone to any ski races.
The program for the race weekend at Nes next includes a sprint on Friday, a 10 kilometer freestyle on Saturday and a 20 kilometer classic on Sunday. The Norwegian Cup this weekend is also the last before the NM at Beitostølen at the end of February.
Don’t bother trying to figure out what went wrong
During the press conference, Fossesholm said that she would take the time to help, that she does not want to dwell on what went wrong, whether she could have done something differently, or whether she was too young for the elite national team when she was accepted into that squad.
Fossesholm was only 18 years old when she joined the elite national team in the spring of 2020.
The first season was a consistent upswing, with strong performances in the World Cup, and WC gold in the relay and top-10 placings individually during the WC in Oberstdorf in 2021. Everything was in place for her first Olympics to be just as good.
But it didn’t turn out that way.
In the run-up to the 2022 Olympic season, Fossesholm had a real blast. She returned home from the Olympics before the championships were over, and did not ski any more that season. She took a break from systematic training for many months.
She has struggled to find form since then, and last year’s season wasn’t great either. Fossesholm barely went to a World Cup and didn’t make it to the WC in Planica either.
But Fossesholm does not want to waste time speculating on what she could have done differently to avoid ending up where she has been this autumn.
– I have stopped being a hindsight. You can always do things differently, but I don’t bother to speculate on that. It gives me nothing, she says.
Fossesholm: – Hindsight gives me nothing