Even though the Sölden opening did not deliver a new personal best, Lysdahl has since then been a regular finisher in the top 20 in slalom and giant slalom. The Norwegian has recorded more consistent results compared with the previous season during which she won Olympic bronze as part of the Norwegian team in the historic alpine team event at Pyeongchang 2018.
She also participated in the Junior World Ski Championships in Åre two seasons ago. While she missed out on the medals at that time, she recorded 7thplace finishes in both the slalom and super-G. She really likes the slopes on Mount Åre.
– I like Åre because there is always a good vibe there, and it is so close to home near the Norwegian border. And the slopes are really cool. They have a lot of terrain, everything in one package. You have to work from the top to the bottom and normally we have really good slope conditions.
Do you have any favorite parts on the slope?
– That’s difficult to say because they are so varied. But I like the steeps and especially steeps that end on a flat. That’s where you really have to work to maintain your speed.
Does it feel like home for you in Åre?
– Indeed. I understand the language and know a lot of people there.
Do you have any favorite spots in Åre?
– There is an excellent pizzeria there in the center of the town. They have pizza with jam and honey, it’s really good [at Lounge].
Any parting words on Åre and the World Championships?
– I am looking forward to the event and meeting everyone there!
Facts and Figures Kristin Lysdahl
Born: 29 June 1996, in Asker
Ski Club: Baerums SK
Selected merits: Six European Cup podiums in 2016 including two victories; Seven European Cup podiums in 2017 including one victory; part of the Norwegian team that won bronze in the inaugural alpine team event at Pyeongchang 2018; ranked 27th in overall World Cup and 16th in giant slalom (as of 17 January 2019).