Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

zimena: (Skiing - JHK expressive)
So, Johannes will be part of the sprint national team for the coming season. Unfortunately, that means he did not get his wish about being picked for the allround team. That’s a shame, because I wanted him to get picked for the team he wanted most.

Teams are as they are, though, and he’s being classy and sensible in every interview, despite not getting his wish. This guy: ❤️ ❤️ ❤️.

I think the short version here is that he wanted to be on the allround team because he considered it the best option because he wants to develop into a more complete allround skier, while the coaching team wanted to maximise his current main skills ahead of an Olympic season. Plus, a lot of younger skiers start on the sprint team. (Just ask Finn-Hågen Krogh, who by the way got his wish and will be on the allround team for the new season!)

Johannes’ comment: “I’m looking forward to being on the sprint team. All of the guys there have skills I can learn from. Besides, Finn-Hågen has already showed that it’s possible to ski fast in longer races even if you’re on the sprint team.”

Also, it’s team presentation day, so there are millions of pics, news, articles and stuff everywhere. Yes, my heart is about to burst with fangirly love, as you might expect.

In fact, he was on the evening news yesterday as well, talking about wanting to come up with other technical novelties apart from his typical uphill technique. As he said, "there are still five other techniques that can be improved, and that uphill technique is so last season. I always want to work on improving new things."

Also, he was sort of stealing the show a bit during a photoshoot with the junior and recruit teams for next season. Those teams were presented already yesterday, and he was in the middle of a group picture with them. I sort of wondered about that, because it's pretty clear that he's not going to be part of either for the new season. It turns out that he's going to be a mentor for the younger skiers, though, and that's why he was there for their photoshoot. Oh, and... younger, you said? Most of the recruit guys are actually older than he is - they just did not deal with the transition from junior to senior level as well as he did, so apparently he's supposed to be their advisor now.

His comment about that: "I was surprised when I was offered the chance to do this. It's great to have this opportunity, and of course I want to be a good role model. At the same time, I'm sure that the skiers on these teams have a lot to offer that I can learn from."

You can see that he's lovely and wonderful, right?

About stealing the show at the photoshoot, though? Well, he did this, immediately after the group photo was taken:

I see the modeling taught him to pose for the cameras! I think he also tried to pose in a couple of other ways, but this is the best pic I have so far.

Finally - new icon time! This one is... "interesting", right?

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