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Today the National Team for 2018 was published, and I am not part of it. The norwegian federation has changed the team structure, again, and this time they have chosen to focus on a small elite group (top 10 at WOC 2017) and a bigger group of young athletes (24 years or younger). Therefore, I (and serveral other athletes) have not gotten a spot in the team. 

 

 

 

This weekend the World Cup Final was held in Grindelwald in Switzerland. In beautiful, but steep mountain terrain we ran a long distance on Friday. I had a good start even though I was a little slow, and was in the fight for top 10 the first half of the course. But made a bad routechoice as well as searching two controls a little, which put me down in 21st position in the end. In the middle distance Saturday, again in a beautiful mountain forest, I did an other stable technical performance, but lacked the speed for a top position, and ended as 27th. With these two last world cup races, I ended as 25th in the World Cup Total. The weekend was rounded off with a sprint relay which counted in the Relay World Cup. I ran the 4th leg for team Norway 3 in team with Ingjerd Myhre, Håkon Jarvis Westergård and Thomas Natvig Årstad. I was sent out as 7th team, and did a good leg and ran us up to 4th position. Very good performances from all the three norwegian teams with the end positions 2nd, 4th and 7th, and we could end the Relay World Cup on the podium as 3rd nation. 

The selection for the WCup final in Grindelwald in Switzerland has been made, and I have been selected. The compititions will all be held in and around Grindelwald in the swiss alps. Friday 29th of September there will be a long distance, Saturday 30th of September a middle distance, and Sunday 1st of October the international season will be ended with a sprint relay. The selection for the 2nd and 3rd team in this relay has not yet been selected, and will be done after the long and middle distance. 

 

 

 

 

Last weekend the "NM-uka" was organized in Halden from Thursday to Sunday. In the long distance race Thursday, I ran a stable performance, without having the legs for a top position, and ended 7th. In the middle distance qualification race on Friday, I managed to win my heat, but with several mistakes. On Saturday, I did a good start into the middle distance final race, and was in the fight for top position in the middle. But then several mistakes summed up the last part and I ended 9th. The weekend was ended with the relay on Sunday. I ran an OK first leg, making one small mistake towards the end, and changed over 40s behind. My team with Anne Larsson Hovind and Turid Kamstrup Hovind finished as 38th.

 

In the end of August I went to Latvia together with the norwegian national team to run World Cup round 3. I started the middle distance a little insecure, and made several mistakes on the first controls. But from control 4 to the finish I ran a stable technical race, and ended as 36th. In the relay I did not understand the terrain into control 1, and in the stress I was not being realistic, and searched it forever. Sad to destroy for the team on the first leg, even though I ran an OK race the 2nd part of the race, I could not repair the damage. My teammates Emma and Marianne ran two very good races and could climb us up to the 7th position! In the sprint compititions in the end I ran a good qualification ending up as 3rd in my heat. In the final I was very tired, but managed to do a close to clean race, and got the 21st position. After the World Cup races, I stayed in Latvia for 4 days to train for the World Championships which will be held in the same area next summer.