Almost ten years ago Anders Sodergren claimed silver medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme in 50 km free. Now the 35-year-old Sweden's Cross-Country team veteran focuses on another World Championships success in Italy next February.
"The summer training has gone very well and I feel very motivated," the experienced Cross-Country skier says at the national team's training camp in Bruksvallarna.
Anders Soedergren debuted in the World Cup in 1999 and since then he has collected 111 individual World Cup starts, six World Championships and two Winter Olympic Games appearances. During his long and successful career he has become one of the greatest skiers in Sweden's history, with Olympic gold and bronze in the relay, two individual silver medals and silver and two bronze medals in the relay at the World Championships. Additionally he has collected 14 World Cup podiums including three victories.
If you think Anders Soedergren has had enough of competitions, travelling, training camps and tough fights with World's best Cross-Country skiers you'd be wrong. "I still have great fun in trainings and I'm eager to compete for medals in Val di Fiemme. I feel better comparing this time last year. I'm simply stronger," Anders Sodergren says who has recently trained in Bruksvallarna's tough and demanding mountain terrain.
Bruksvallarna is like a second home for Anders Sodergren. The Soedergren family with children Julia, Joline and wife Lisa, live in a house right to Cross-Country skiing tracks at Mittåkläppen. " I love the landscape here, especially when the weather is good and you can fully enjoy the scenery on long passes," Soedergren says.
"Number of training hours does not matter for Anders. He stands on solid foundations. There has been more fine-tuning of his training so that he trains correctly with high quality. I believe that we are well on the way to lift back the capacity level Anders had couple of years ago. If he succeeds and he stays healthy, then he may fight for medals in Val di Fiemme again. He has skills to do that!" Sweden's men's coach Arild Monsen claims.
Sweden's Cross-Country team has trained in Bruksvallarna since 4th September. "This is the last dry land training camp in Sweden this season. In October, we are in Livigno and Val Senales. The location we are here now is good for both men and ladies and we are delighted that was can train altogether in Bruksvallarna with great accommodation, food and conditions for running and roller skiing," Sweden's head coach Lars Oeberg claims.