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  • Writer's pictureMichael Plugge

Kicking balls to fly far: Maren Lundby's training approach for ski jumping success

Alternative training have been the key to success for Maren last season. To build on that success, Maren now straps on her football boots to add some variety into her tough training regime.

Maren Lundby in action for Kolbu KK against Dombås (Photo: Kolbu KK)
Maren Lundby in action for Kolbu KK against Dombås (Photo: Kolbu KK)

For years, the ski jumping queen was unbeatable on the hill, winning prize after prize. Over two years ago that suddenly stopped for Maren when her body refused to respond to her workouts and she started gaining weight, baffling herself, the coaching staff and physicians. Despite these challenges, she became the first world champion on the large hill in Oberstdorf.

"It was a very special case where I quickly gained weight in a short time"

Her body reached it's limits and Maren was forced to take a break from ski jumping. "It was a very special case where I quickly gained weight in a short time," she shared with NRK. In an attempt to get back into shape, one of the things Maren tried was her participation on Skal Vi Danse. Fast forward two years, and Maren made an extraordinary comeback, securing the silver medal in Planica—a feat hailed as the greatest athletic achievements in this world championship.

Fortunately, Maren's body has started to respond more normally, confirming the effectiveness of her training regime from the previous winter. It involved a grueling three-a-day training schedule, with a strong emphasis on endurance training. Maren spent countless kilometers on skis, pushing herself to increase her energy consumption, improve her health and lower her weight.

"She gives an extra push and energy to a team that needs it"

This year, the ski jumping queen has added football to her training regime, much to the delight of her teammates at Kolbu KK. "She gives extra push and energy to a team that needs it," says Caroline Nerseth Prøven to NRK. She praises Maren's skills on the pitch, noting her determination to chase after the ball, her strength in duels, and her overall positive presence as a teammate.

Maren Lundby with her third crystal globe (Photo: NTB)
Maren Lundby with her third crystal globe (Photo: NTB)

Maren is driven by clear goals and vision: she wants to reclaim the title of best ski jumper in the world and set a new world record. With a positive physical response this summer, she sets her sights on the globe in the upcoming season. However, Maren knows that there are no guarantees and recognizes the immense difficulty of achieving such feats.

(Source: NRK)

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