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Chasing the medal : 2014 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships

Chasing the medal
At the press conference for the Norwegian team on Thursday, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå felt well prepared to fight for a medal this Saturday.

Text: Malin Gaden

After a very good season with medals in all the World Cups, coach Eddy Knudsen Storsæter says Dahle Flesjå is ready for the World Championship.

– Gunn-Rita is a favorite and has had a great season with a lot of good races, says coach Storsæter.
The favorite herself says she has a great starting point after a lot of preparations.

– If it’s a good day, I feel I have chance at a medal, says Dahle Flesjå.
Mentally prepared

She constantly works to balance the nervousness, but does not feel any extra pressure of being on home turf.

– I am just as nervous as the juniors here. There will be a lot of Norwegians cheering us on and I plan on using this to my advantage. I have worked hard mentally and I know that this will only give me more energy, says the 41 year old.
The athletes have a hard and technically demanding track ahead of them. Dahle Flesjå and the rest of the National team have to prepare for a lot of climbing.

– The few flat parts in the track feels like climbing, she laughs.
If she can combine fast cycling in the technical parts, staying strong while climbing, and with her head in the game, Dahle Flesjå knows she can go far.

Joking about her age

Many have speculated if Dahle Flesjø will participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She says this is something she will come back to after the season, and that Saturdays result will have nothing to do with her decision.

– I see no reason to quit, but there are a lot of things to take into consideration.

If she participates in Rio 2016, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjø will be 43 years old.

– I probably should be in the veteran class instead, Gunn-Rita laughs.