Silje Ekroll Jahren

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The Norwegian Championships in Sprint and Sprint Relay were held in Stavanger and Sandnes two weeks after EOC (26.-27.05.). In the qualification I felt a little rusty, but did an ok race winning my heat. In the Sprint Finale the same afternoon I started a little too slow, but found better into the race after some controls and ran a good race. I was in the fight for the medals until the finish, but ended 4th just seconds behind silver and bronse. In the Sprint Relay the day after I ran the 1st leg, and due to shorter forking to control 1, I was in the lead more or less all the way, and won the leg. My teammates Anders Haga, Øistein Fagerli Næss og Kristine Eide Rapp all fought well, and we ended as 19th. 

 

 

The European Championships (EOC) in Ticino in Switzerland is history, and since then time has flown by. In the slopes of Monte S. Giorgio I achieved my best individual forest result with an 8th place in the Middle Distance, and I ran good through the whole week with 4th place in the relay and a 15th place in long (as a reserve, and short up to top 10). Additionally, I ran well in both qualification races with 1st place in the Sprint heat and a 3rd place in the Middle heat. Except for my performance in the Sprint Finale which was fare behind what I aimed for (33rd place), I am happy with the overall performance!

 

 

This weekend the season kick-started with EOC selection races at Kråkerøy (Saturday and Sunday), and at Akershus festning (Tuesday). The forest races were moved to Kråkerøy due to snow. I did two stable technical performances in the forest, but both days I struggled in the last part of the races especially on the long distance. I got selected for the middle distance, and as reserve for the long distance after one 5th and one 4th place in middle and long, respectively. In the sprint in Oslo Tuesday I ran technically well with only one bad routechoice (lost 10s) and some minor hesitations out of some controls, and got the good 3rd place. I was therefore also selected for the sprint, and I am happy to be selected in both a forest distance and a sprint distance at EOC.

 

It has been a while since my last update, so here is a summary of my winter training so fare. November and December went well, and I could follow my training plan more or less as wanted. However, January followed with 2 weeks of sickness (cold), before I underwent a planned surgery of my nose sinuses (due to years of inflamations (sinusitis) and never ending colds) the 15th of January. The surgery went well, and I could start my training slowly after 1 week, and minus some days of sickness in the beginning of Februayr, my training is now going well. 10th to 17th of February I went to Ticino (Italian speaking part of Switzerland) to train for the European Championships in this area in May 2018, and I got a very nice week of orienteering in the steep slopes. 

 

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.