OSLO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cross country skiing is the most popular sport in Norway and the sport has fostered some of Norway´s most renowned Olympic athletes over the years. Nowadays, Norway is the leading nation on the international cross country stage, and cross country in Norway has a deep pool of talents and resources to continue its development.
- We are very proud of what our cross country national team has accomplished. It represent the best in the Norwegian Top Sports Model; hard work, team effort and dedication. With this leading position comes an obligation towards our good friends in other nations where cross country skiing does not enjoy the same status as in Norway. And of course, we have a lot to learn from our international competitors! That´s why we invite these young talented skiers to Norway, says the President of the Norwegian Ski Federation, Erik Røste.
During a busy week in Oslo and in Lillehammer, the athletes will do two training sessions each day. There will also be motivational sessions, lead by some of Norways most prominent cross country skiers. The importance of sharing knowledge is a key component during the training camp.
- We strongly believe that the best way to develop sport on the national and international level, is to share knowledge and get inspired together with our friends and competitors. Norway has great traditions when it comes to sharing knowledge between athletes and coaches from different sports within Norway. The initiative from the Norwegian Ski Federation takes this sharing of knowledge mentality into the international level. Our ambition is to share even more of our sports knowledge to young winter sport athletes from all over the world at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 2016. And I´m sure that we have a lot to learn from our friends all over the world as well, says the Secretary General of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports, Inge Andersen.
This international youth camp is a part of the “Heroes of Tomorrow” collaboration between The Norwegian Ski Federation and Statoil.
- Talent development is not just about hard work and hours of training. Getting impulses and perspectives from other nations and cultures is also key in order to be successful, says Marius Rosenberg Amundsen, Leader Sponsorship Execution & Strategy at Statoil.