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November 20/07 4:44 am - Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå Gets Ready for 2008

Posted by Editor on 11/20/07

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå Gets Ready for 2008
Courtesy Multivan Merida

After having suffered from an intractable viral infection last summer, mountain biking's multiple world champion Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is on her way back to the world elite. At the moment, the Norwegian is working on her return to top-class sport, going through a tough work-out schedule at home in Stavanger before she is going to travel to Boulder (Colorado, USA) for a couple of weeks in January.

"I have fully recovered and therefore am fully motivated. Alltough I cannot really train as much and at the same level of intensity as in previous years yet, I am still convinced that I will be competing for the podium within the world elite next season", Dahle analyzes her situation.

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is going to compete in her first mountain bike race in March, 2008. Being the reigning Olympic champion, the Norwegian is considered as one of the serious contenders at Beijing's Olympic Games, but she is still reluctant to put herself under pressure: "Thinking about medals does not make any sense yet at the moment. I guess I will be able to give a more precise estimate on my chances for the Olympic Games by the month of May."

As Multivan Merida Biking Team's manager, Andreas Rottler is looking forward to Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå's return. "We are convinced that an athlete of Gunn-Rita's calibre will be able to catch up with the world elite quickly." Rottler knows Dahle for many years and to him, one thing is for sure: "She still is the big favourite for Beijing's Olympic Games."


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