The Long Distance Ski Championship

"Next generation of long distance skiers”

TEAM SERNEKE (Ranking 5)

Written by: Teemu Virtanen

You win some, you loose some! That's the name of the game in sports, and Team Serneke lost one of its rising stars Oskar Kardin who joined the Aukland gang, but gained momentum when Anders Mølmen Høst came knocking after his Team LeasePlan closed a chapter in their skiing life and bid adieu to us all.

The expression "there's strength in numbers" may not necessarily apply to this team as there are only four members, but they are adamant in their quest for hegemony in Visma Ski Classics. Last season, Serneke was the surprise team of the year, but now they have to step up and gaze upon future podium places. Sara Lindborg is for sure a name for those podium places; with five 3rd places last year. She is definitely eyeing up the same, or even better, success this season.

The aforementioned Høst is certainly the best male contender for showing up at flower ceremonies on regular basis. 2016 was a good year for him; 3rd in Vasaloppet and 9th overall, but last year less so (5th in Årefjällsloppet as his best result). Perhaps, being "fra Norge" (from Norway) in a team with hungry Swedes can give him the boost he needs to truly become one of the best.

Andreas Holmberg, a young and talented 25-year-old skier, transferred from Mora IFK and is ready to take the crucial step towards greatness. He was in the top 30 in every race except Birkebeinerrennet and Ylläs-Levi, Marcialonga being his best (13th).

Then, we have one of the Impola brothers, Bob, in the team. Sometimes he is among the best, the other times far away from the top (5th in Sgambeda, 13th in Vasaloppet -- 73rd in Birkebeinerrennet, 55th in Årefjällsloppet).

Team Serneke can do well if everyone is able to perform at his/her best, but a small team like this is always very vulnerable. So, there is absolutely no room for mistakes or bad luck.