How do you deal with pressure?
Before the Olympics in 2018, I struggled a lot with having pain in my throat every day and I was sure I would get sick. When I then crossed the finish line in first place, I felt that my throat was good. After that, I learned that the biggest pressure is what I put on myself, and some parts of me love the pressure as well. I like to put on a bib and I like to be out there to compete. My fitness can be as bad as it can be, but when I put a bib on my chest, it feels fun racing. It's something kicking in in my mind.
What advice would you give a young athlete?
The best advice I can give is to have fun. I think this is something I have been learning. Actually, do things for fun and try to follow that road as well as you can. This will help you in your life and in your ski career as well.
What is your most important role model?
I think I have two of them. When it comes to skiing, Petter Northug was definitely one whom I was looking up to. He has done some amazing things and I had the pleasure of being on the team with him. We had so much fun together and today he is a good friend of mine. But I also need to mention my grandpa, who is definitely a role model for me. I like to listen to all the stories of his life. I love autumn when I have the chance to join him in his cabin and just be up there for some days, fishing or hunting together in the mountains. The way he lives is definitely something I want to follow.