In hopes of finally nailing down a win, Norway will send a smaller than usual team to contest the this winter’s Tour de Ski. While Norway’s quota for the event is 18 skiers, they’ll likely field only 11 or 12.
In the six years it’s been held, there have been no Norwegian winners. Without an Olympics or World Championships last year, the Tour was a major focus for the Norwegians. But in the end, Marit Bjoergen came second and Petter Northug third. Langrenn.com writes that both asked head coach Vidar Løfshus to reduce the team size following last year’s Tour de Ski. The rationale is that it will be easier for the support staff to focus on a smaller squad, hopefully boosting a Norwegian skier to the win.
“With fewer skiers, our chances of winning are greater,” said Løfshus. At this writing the squad isn’t named.
This year the Tour de Ski starts on 29 December in Oberhof, Germany and ends on 6 January in Val di Fiemme.
– from an article on langrenn.com