While most sportsmedier the world over spend most of spaltepladsen to write about cancelled events, so have langrendsstjernen Stina Nilsson was given to the Swedish media something else to write about.
on Sunday, confirms The Swedish ski association, to Nilsson dropper langrendssporten instead to embark on a career as skiskytte.
- I have always known that I would come to try me as skiskytte, because it looks so mega cool out, " says Nilsson in a press release according to the Swedish news agency TT.
It is not everybody, however, believes that it is an excellent idea.. Her former landsholdstræner and current national coach for the Norwegian women - the Ole Morten Iversen, according to the Expressen't understand it.
- No, is it true? It is stupid. It is the dumbest thing I have heard. There is a sin. I thought that she was a sensible girl, says Ole Morten Iversen, who explains his confusion:
- I'm thinking purely selfish for our sport. For her own part, it may perhaps be good for her. But we are going to miss her in langrendssporten, he says.
in the Middle of coronakrisen the Swedish langrendsstjerne Stina Nilsson decided to make a sensational switch to biathlon. Photo: Lisi Niesner/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix
The 26-year-old swede is not the first to make the shift, where the skill in cross-country skiing track must be combined with solid skydeevner, while the pulse is high.
Earlier compatriot Magdalena Forsberg the same steps, and she was from the mid-1990s one of skiskydningens most dominant figures.
the Difference between the two women, to where Forsberg in particular was strong on the long-haul cross-country, so has Stina Nilsson primarily harvested his triumphs at the shorter distances and in sprint.
She has participated at the winter OLYMPICS in both 2014 and 2018. In the first attempt, it was a bronze medal, while she in 2018 in south Korea won four OLYMPIC medals. Among other things, it was to gold in the sprint.
in Addition, she has retrieved seven WORLD cup medals, five silver and two of gold.
The two gold was retrieved in, respectively, holdsprint and relay in 2019, where she also won silver in the sprint.
In the same three disciplines she took silver in 2015, while in 2017 was to silver in the relay.
Finally, she has also picked up eight World Cup wins.
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