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Norwegian national team breaks off altitude training: “We’re not taking any chances”

The Norwegian women’s national team is canceling their altitude training in northern Italy and leaving Livigno quickly on Wednesday morning. They fear that they will be stuck in Livigno if they don’t get out now.

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“We’re going over several mountain passes, which will soon be closed. We have a lot of passengers, a lot of luggage and a trailer. That’s why we’re not taking any chances,” says national team coach Stig Rune Kveen to Adresseavisen.

The reason for the women’s national team’s departure from their high-altitude training camp is too much snow. Extreme snowfall is predicted in Livigno, a popular destination for high-altitude camps at this time of year. 

“It’s supposed to snow here. According to the weather forecast, there will soon be half a meter of snow,” says national team coach Kveen.

Johannes Høsflot Klæbo is also staying at altitude in the same place. Still, according to the newspaper, the Norwegian cross-country skiing star has chosen to stay in Livigno and continue his planned training program. 

Initially, the national team was supposed to be in Livigno until Friday but now chooses to end the gathering a few days ahead of schedule. They will, however, complete today’s morning session before leaving. 

Meteorologists are predicting up to half a meter of rain over the next few days, and the storm is not just in Livigno. Milan is in complete chaos, not least at the airport.

The national team has been in Livigno for just over two weeks. The team has been almost complete, and the coaches are very satisfied with the outcome of their stay. 

The exception is Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, who chose to skip the altitude in favor of training at home in Oslo. But the coaches assure us that she, too, is on track and that all the national team athletes are scheduled to compete at the national season opener at Beitostølen in just over two weeks. 

The World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland, follows the week after, from November 24 to 26.

Read More – FIS World Cup calendar and approved cross-country skiing distances.

Norwegian men’s teams go to Muonio

The men’s national teams are not running any altitude events this season, either. They are preparing for the season opener in Muonio, Finland, and will remain there until November 9. They are also planning to compete at Beitostølen.

Also Read – The Norwegian national team coach about altitude training camps: “It’s nonsense to send them to altitude.”

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