Marte Olsbu Røiseland – This should be the end

SKØYEN (Dagbladet): – It was the feeling inside me that felt that I had a little more left to go on. I really thought that if I give up now, then it might be the perfect ending, but also that I might come to regret it.

Marte Olsbu Røiseland tells Dagbladet about the feeling she was left with after winning three gold and two bronze medals during the Olympics in Beijing.

A dream she has had since she went to Sirdal high school.

For a perfect finish, the Olympics could have been, for the championship queen who has achieved the most. The crown of the work she put when she for the first time in her career won the World Cup overall, at home in Holmenkollen.

Which was also a dream she has had for many years.

But after the season, Olsbu Røiseland needed time to think about what the future would entail.

One thing was for sure: a change was needed.

THOUGHT: Marte Olsbu Røiseland held the cards close to her chest and went into the think tank after the Olympic season. Actually, the Olympics in Beijing were “the perfect end”, but then everything changed. Video: Red Card. Reporter: Anton Lier.
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– Could not continue on the same street

At the beginning of April, a long thought process began for Olsbu Røiseland, who had to sit down to look at possible plans for a possible continuation.

Because even though she still loved biathlon, the longing for friends and family had grown big. A plan to be able to combine both therefore became essential in order to be able to continue, she says.

– I was very clear that it could not continue in the same street. There had to be a new challenge and new things in the plan, says Olsbu Røiseland, who emphasizes that they have now found a good plan for both.

However, the final decision came at the end of April, when her husband, Sverre Olsbu Røiseland, had decided to go from being the coach of the Norwegian national development team, to becoming the assistant coach of the German biathlon national team.

And suddenly Olsbu Røiseland got the drive to continue.

– Especially when Sverre took that job in Rupholding, it was probably what made me continue for another year. It’s not fun to start a normal life without the person you share life with. I think I can thank him for standing here today.

SECURED THE WORLD CUP BALL: Marte Olsbu Røiseland secured the overall winner overall.  Last year she was number two behind teammate Tiril Eckhoff.  Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB

SECURED THE WORLD CUP BALL: Marte Olsbu Røiseland secured the overall winner overall. Last year she was number two behind teammate Tiril Eckhoff. Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
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The next goal

Sverre Olsbu Røiseland has already acquired an apartment in German Rupholding, where he will spend most of the spring and summer. There he has both a language to learn and a new culture to get to know, says the biathlete.

Marte Olsbu Røiseland will regularly board the plane to Germany. Nor does it rule out that she will train with the German national team.

THE MAN GOT A DREAM JOB IN GERMANY: Marte Olsbu Røiseland and her husband Sverre Olsbu Røiseland during the WC in Anterselva 2020. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB

THE MAN GOT A DREAM JOB IN GERMANY: Marte Olsbu Røiseland and her husband Sverre Olsbu Røiseland during the WC in Anterselva 2020. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB
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– Now I have become so strange and old that I travel down, so I will first and foremost be there with Sverre and follow my training plan. But if something happened by chance, it would have been nice, she says.

But when her husband becomes coach for the Germans, who are just about to hold the World Cup in Oberhof next year, there is one thing in particular that the Sirdal girl now dreams of, as the next and perhaps last goal.

– How cool would it not have been to get into some duels with the German team? It would have been the dream, says Olsbu Røiseland, who emphasizes that a World Cup gold is the goal.

– An era is over

The goal can in many ways seem hairy for those who are outside and have seen Olsbu Røiseland take a total of three Olympic and eleven World Cup golds together. Including both individual and relay.

TEAM FEELING: Tiril Eckhoff, Marte Olsbu Røiseland, Tarjei Bø and Johannes Thingnes Bø when they won Olympic gold in mixed relay during the Olympics in Beijing. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet

TEAM FEELING: Tiril Eckhoff, Marte Olsbu Røiseland, Tarjei Bø and Johannes Thingnes Bø when they won Olympic gold in mixed relay during the Olympics in Beijing. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet
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– In many ways, it is an era that is over, for me. I have achieved everything I have dreamed of and had goals for. It’s a nice feeling. But then I feel that I have more inside and there will be some new goals you have to set. Now there will be a World Cup in Oberhof and I know that Sverre will do everything he can to keep his athletes as well prepared as possible. And it gives me a lot of motivation, says Olsbu Røiseland.

She concludes:

– Then I know that I also have to do a good job this year to try to give them some battle. I think that will be a cool setting. A fun experience for both, I hope.

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