Young William Poromaa rushed with joy after crossing the finish line as the winner of the 15-kilometer race at Bruksvallarna.
But at the same time, there were a couple other, much more experienced, national team skiers who were far more disappointed.
Jens Burman just shook his head after his seventh position – close to the minute after Poromaa.
– This can only be bad, says Burman.
What do you think of next weekend’s World Cup?
– As it feels, I don’t want to go. I have nothing to do there.
Calle Halfvarsson was equally dissatisfied after his fourth position.
– I don’t have the power in me that I need, says Halfvarsson who also wants to be in charge of the World Cup premiere.
– No, I don’t want to go there. It looks a bit dark to me.
Then Halfvarsson continues:
– But they’ll probably try to persuade me.
National team manager: “If you don’t want there are others who can go”
National team manager Anders Byström was not entirely surprised by the messages from two of his national team’s men’s stars.
– No, we thought a little bit about it when we saw them going today. But the coaches will talk to them a little later so we can see where everything is landing.
– But if you don’t want to go, there are others who want to go.
Will you try to persuade Calle, for example?
– Let’s see. He has to spend this a bit prestigious. Calle is an important skier for us.
William Poromaa’s race impressed national team manager Byström like everyone else.
How far can he go in Ruka next weekend?
– It can be in the top 10 – but of course it depends on what everyone else is doing too.
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