Right now Marcus Hellner is preparing for the upcoming season with the Olympics as his main goal. It’s all as it use to be but, there is a big BUT, the Swedish x-country star has for this season changed ski boots and bindings to Alpina and Rottefella.
- A big decision if you have the Olymipcs in mind but it’s well thought out and it feels great, Marcus says.
After several years with another brand Marcus Hellner decides to change to Alpina and Rottefella. Last year’s world champion over 50 km, Johan Olsson, is one of many top racers that is using Alpina. Petter Northug another.
- I needed a change and so far it feels very good. Right after last season I started to test the Alpina boots and I must say that I got the right feeling from start with the new shoes and bindings. In classic technique I need to use less power to get the ski down and get the grip. With the Alpina ESK Pro I get the great feel in the skate technique that I’ve been looking for. It will be a couple of interesting weeks of training on really good snow here in Val Senales, Marcus says.
On the 7th of February there are the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games in Sochi and Marcus is looking forward to it. Both the individual races and the team relay, which he participated in at the World Championship in Val di Fiemme last year and won two silver medals.
- Last year there was something missing. I had to work hard the whole season and didn’t get anything for free. It was tough. So I made a few changes for this upcoming season.
- The new bindings and shoes is a big change. Then I’ve made some changes in the summer training as well. It’s still the same amount of hours but with a different set up that’s more concentrated to weight lifting and longer terms of interval running, for example mire running.
The Swedish XC-Team has been in Italy till the end October. The first snow has fallen and it’s lot of activity on the glacier. New gear has been tested and the technique has improved to perfection.