Last winter Charlotte Kalla won 1 gold and 2 silver medals at the Olympic winter games in Sochi. In the hunt for new medals Kalla has chosen to change ski boots to Alpina.
- After several tests the decision feels totally right. Alpinas boot is very light weight and it fits my foot perfect. The most important thing for me has been to find a great feeling Charlotte says.
Right after the season finale in Falun at the 16th of March, when most of the other athletes took a couple of weeks off, Charlotte Kalla started to test the new boots from Alpina.
- As long as it was snow in the Sundsvall area I was testing there. After that I went to Riksgränsen and then to Sognefjell in Norway. I made the decision that I was going to test boots without any preconditions, not talk to anybody. You spend a lot of time in your ski boots so it was an important decision. It was quite an enduring exercise but after all the decision feels great. When you’re on the skis it almost feels like you don’t have any boots on and it works perfect with the binding system. I could have done a couple of more tests but I wanted to have it all done before we’re back on snow again for the next season Charlotte says.
Charlotte Kalla, who turns 27 on the 22th of July, can look back on her best season ever. She has developed big time in the classic discipline and won a silver medal on the 10k at the Olympics in Sochi. Even at the skiathlon she won the silver medal but the biggest achievement was in the 5k x 4 relay. Kalla likes to chase, but this time she was going to make up almost 26 seconds to Finland (Krista Lähteenmäki) and Germany (Denise Herrman). We all remember how it went. Kalla chased’em down and crossed the finish line as number one.
- It was fantastic, a WOW-sort of season where almost all pieces fell in the right place. It’s a wonderful feeling when you’ve put in a lot of work and then it pays off. When I meet people today it’s the relay they remember the most..and so do I, she says and laugh.
When we made the interview Charlotte just came back from a long distance workout. She started with two hours of roller skiing. Then a quick change to her running shoes and she continued with two hours of running in the mountains.
- We started at 8 o’clock but it was hot already. It was a backbreaking work out but afterwards it’s feels great. The offseason training has turned out well so far.
Last Monday Charlotte, along with the other girls in the relay-team, (Emma Wikén, Ida Ingemarsdotter, Anna Haag) entered the stage in Borgholm to receive the Victoria Award. It was the second time (first in 2010) Charlotte received the award from the Swedish princess Victoria.
Up next are a couple of ordinary training weeks for Charlotte before the national team gathers together for the first training camp of the season in Torsby Ski tunnel(7th-15th of August). In September the team goes to Ramsau for the first “real” training camp on snow. For Charlotte Kalla the big goal for next season is the World Championship in Falun (18/2-1/3). – It’s going to be good fun!
With a brand new Alpina boot on her feet.
Other skiers in the Swedish A-team using Alpina; Marcus Hellner, Anton Lindblad, Johan Olsson, Hanna Eriksson, Sara Lindborg, Stina Nilsson and Emma Wikén
Read also FIS Article.