In what marks a pivotal moment for Swedish skiing, the rising star, Alvar Myhlback, just 17, is primed to participate in his maiden World Cup race in Gllivare, following the withdrawal of Swedish stalwarts Jonna Sundling, William Poromaa, and Frida Karlsson due to positive COVID-19 tests. Despite Karlsson remaining asymptomatic and hopeful to compete on home ground this weekend, she finds herself in isolation from the rest of the team. Adding to the team's predicament is Linn Svahn's positive diagnosis for the virus.
A Diamond in the Making
Despite the upheaval within the team, the spotlight firmly rests on Myhlback, who comes with high praise from skiing legend Petter Northug. Northug refers to him as a 'diamond' and possibly the finest talent he has ever come across. Myhlback is vying to shatter Northug's record as the youngest individual to clinch a World Cup ski race, a record set by Northug when he was 20.
A Prodigy on the Rise
Myhlback has already hinted at his immense potential by securing third place in a 48-kilometer race during Toppidrettsveka, competing against renowned skiers like Johannes Hsflot Klbo and Simen Hegstad Krger. This young prodigy has been under the mentorship of Northug, who has not only shared valuable insights but also taken great pleasure in following Myhlback's blossoming career.
The Stage is Set
Alvar Myhlback, representing the Lager 157 Ski Team, is one of the Swedish cross-country skiers chosen for the World Cup in Gllivare, Sweden. The event kicks off on Saturday, December 2, with a 10km interval start race in freestyle technique, followed by a 4×7.5km relay race in classic/freestyle techniques on Sunday, December 3. With the nation's eyes on him, it's a golden opportunity for Myhlback to prove that he is indeed the 'diamond' that Northug claims him to be.