By Teemu Virtanen
Vegard Vinje, Lyn Ski Moseteråsen, succeeded well at Vasaloppet last season by being the 13th fastest skier in Mora. He also performed at the highest level at the biggest roller-ski race in the world, Alliansloppet in Sweden, as he finished second. His Pro Team is getting ready for another thrilling season in Visma Ski Classics, but some dark clouds have gathered around Vegard.
Since Alliansloppet, Vegard’s physical condition has not been pristine, and he is unsure about the upcoming season.
“I’ve experienced cold and flu-like symptoms, slight dizziness and increased resting heart rate, particularly in the upright position,” Vegard says despondently. “It is a reminder that combining a full-time occupation with skiing at a high level in VSC is a demanding task. Sometimes, the mind and body need a longer break. I hope to be back in training in a couple of weeks and still participate in the season as expected. It will be interesting to see how much such a break will affect the results when coming to March and Vasaloppet, which is the biggest races for me.”
Let’s hope that Vegard will recover quickly and continue his great performances. On a good day, he can challenge the best Pro Skiers in the field and even be on the podium as Alliansloppet proved. But he needs to get back to business as usual in order to get in shape in time.