Ida Dahl and Jenny Larsson finished first and second in Visma Ski Classic’s Youth competition in season X. Their success made Salomon strengthen its partnership with Team Ramudden.
Ida and Jenny now join Lina Korsgren on Salomon skis, boots and bindings.
“It feels fantastic to get this opportunity from Salomon,” says Ida Dahl.
Ida Dahl and Jenny Larsson follow in the footsteps of Team Ramuddens big star Lina Korsgren who herself has been on Salomon skis for 15 years.
In season XI, the entire trio, Lina, Ida and Jenny, will compete on Salomon’s skis, shoes and bindings. But the fact is that Ida and Jenny raced on Salomon skis already in season X.
“They had to borrow skis from Lina. They did not have competitive skis themselves. It feels great when they now get an international contract and it’s so positive that Salomon chooses to invest in these girls for the future,” says Pro Team Director Gustaf Korsgren, who is also responsible for the team’s waxing.
“The girls are quite similar in size so that they go on the same ski brand saves a lot of time for me testing before a race,” Gustaf continues.
“Now, when I have the opportunity to help three athletes on the same brand of equipment, that means I really can sharpen the edge and give them a possible advantage with the skis. From a team perspective, we also can spread our chances when the weather is tumbling.”
“It feels fantastic to get this opportunity from Salomon. We must thank Gustaf who handled the contact,” says Ida.
“That they are investing in us is like a confirmation of what we did last winter. It also feels great to build up my own set of skis now,” says Jenny.
Now the girls are preparing for season XI and last week; they trained together with Lina at her home ground in Åre, the alpine resort between the cities of Östersund in Sweden and Trondheim in Norway.
“It has been fun. We have not seen each other since the season ended so quickly,” says Dahl.
Ida Dahl and Jenny Larsson on roller skis and Gustaf Korsgren on a bike during training in Åre. Photo: Lina Korsgren.
She had a breakthrough in long distance skiing last winter winning the Youth competition, including 4th place at Kaiser Maximilan Lauf, Marcialonga and Vasaloppet.
“The season was above expectations. Nice that I could make such an even season. It was in a flow week after week,” says Ida.
She now trains according to a plan from cycling coach Mattias Reck, just like her teammates Max Novak and Lina Korsgren.
“It feels like I respond well to this training but it is still a long way to the season,” she says.
One who intends to challenge Ida for the victory in the Youth competition this winter is, of course, Jenny. Last winter, she also made an even season and the best position was a seventh place at Jizerska.
“I am pleased to have taken a step and made an even season. I’ve had problems with that before. But I never felt everything was one 100% during a race,” says Larsson.
The goal this winter is to challenge Lina and the other girls in the Youth competition.
“I want to take the pink Youth bib and I think that a podium place in a race is within reach if I have a good day.”
When Ida chose to get coach help from Mattias Reck, Jenny decided to get help from former Olympic champion (relay) and World champion (team sprint) Ida Ingemarsdotter.
“I went on my gut feeling and it feels good. We have discussed a lot and analyzed what I have done before. There has been quite a lot of change in my training. I’m going to work out hard to get stronger, train fewer double workouts, and find a higher speed when on the skis, I know it is within me,” Larsson ends.