Train hard, win easy: Astrid Øyre Slind


Train hard, win easy: Astrid Øyre Slind

Astrid Øyre Slind has been competing on the Visma Ski Classics tour since 2016, finishing the 21l22 season ranked 3rd overall. The thirty-four year old made the decision in 2022 to join the Fischer Race Family, after being consistently impressed with the performance of the new Speedmax system.

The Norwegian began her international career on the World Cup in 2008 where she placed 44th at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival. She also competed at the Junior World Championships in 2009 when she won a silver medal in the 15k pursuit. In 2010 she placed third in the same pursuit. Post Junior World Championships she competed on the World Cup circuit for two more seasons before focusing on World Loppet races.

The shift toward the World Loppet was driven mostly by a desire to focus on longer races. While she’s had many notable results at Ski Classics, her highest achievement was winning—and setting a world record at—the 2022 Vasaloppet.

Welcome in the #FischerRaceFamily! How come you decided to work with Fischer?

We have been testing a lot of skies in my team for the past years and Fischer has so far been the best ski. Fischer ski handle changes in the conditions better than most other brands. In long distance skiing, this is an important trait, as we race trough different conditions during every race. Next season I want to have the small margins on my side, so I decided to go for Black and Yellow.

What attracts you to ski such long distances?

Longer distances demand more tactics, disposition of power, nutrition, and mental power during the race. The whole concept brings more to skiing than just racing for 30 minutes every weekend. The races are in beautiful areas and being part of a big crowd of people skiing together is a pretty mighty experience. And I love being part of a team where we build each other up and have fun! I also love the challenge of racing for hours and pushing limits during training to develop.

What do you expect from the future of long distance skiing?

More variation in distances and hopefully some skate races so we attract more athletes. I believe, if everything will be done right with media and courses, Ski Classics can grow bigger than the World Cup is today.

What are the top 3 things we should know about you?

1. I am a bad looser,

2. But a good winner.

3. For the most times I am happy and friendly to people.

Favorite Quote or Personal Motto?

Train hard, win easy

Biggest breakthrough in your ski career?

World record and victory in Vasaloppet 2022 and being the first woman to win Birkebeinerrennet without kick wax.

Favorite pastime / hobbies (besides skiing, of course)?

Backcountry skiing, running ridges in the mountains in the summer, and generally being outside.

Where have you not been that you want to go to (preferably for skiing)?

To Japan for powder skiing and xc skiing somewhere in Montana. 

Future goals/projects/dreams/ambitions (doesn’t have to be in skiing)?

In racing my dream is to win every race, on daily basis my goal is to enjoy life and make the best of what I get.

Who do you consider to be a current mentor or role model?

Chris Jespersen is my mentor.