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Sochi 2014 Olympic sprint champion and three-time reigning world champion, Norwegian cross-country skier Maiken Caspersen Falla will be looking to defend her title at her third Olympic Winter games at PyeongChang 2018.
The up-and-coming Norwegian cemented her status as a leading sprinter by finishing third in the classic at the 2013 World Championships in Val di Fiemme (ITA). A year later, she topped that by winning the Olympic freestyle sprint gold in Sochi. “It’s just amazing,” she said after leading her former junior team-mate Ingvild Flugstad Østberg over the line for a Norwegian one-two in Russia. “I still can’t believe I’ve done it. I’ve been dreaming of this since I was three.”
Expectations are high for Falla at her third Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018, when she will have a sprint title to defend as well as potentially going for gold in the team sprint and relay events. Discussing her training regime, Falla said: “I live and train at the right quantity and quality every single day, for only providing world-class results! I know myself well and am confident that my choice is right for me. If it feels right, I change the plan or resting instead of training.
“I must enjoy what I do,” continued the reigning Olympic and world champion. “I have a lot of fun with the training. I have to constantly challenge myself, be challenged and look for details where I can get better. It is also important for me to have a good life outside skiing. It is important to stop occasionally and feel how I really feel and why I do what I do.”