A saleswoman from Norway sensationally won a medal at the Biathlon World Cup. Photo
The Norwegian biathlete Marit Ishol Skogan became a huge sensation at the 3rd stage of the World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. The 25-year-old native of Steinkjer, who had never even qualified for the IBU Cup before, managed to take bronze in the pursuit race.
In order to participate in the World Cup, she had to ask for a leave of absence from the XXL sporting goods store in Lillehammer, where she works as a sales assistant. Since Marit had not yet established herself in the main team, she was able to earn a good income working behind the counter.
"I missed a lot of shifts. I go to work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. In fact, I'm going to work a few shifts in January as well, but I'm wondering how it will affect my sporting success. Now I realize that it will not be easy to combine," NRK quoted Skogan as saying.
The biathlete received 9,000 euros for her third place in the race. In total, Skogan earned about 270,000 Norwegian kroner (24,000 euros) at the World Cup.
"If XXL can match this salary, I promise not to leave. Such an hourly wage is fantastic, considering that the race lasted 30 minutes today, but if you consider that I have been doing this for 15 years, then in terms of hours, it's not so fun. But the situation may change during the season," the athlete joked.
This success now is in stark contrast to last season when she was far from clinching a World Cup spot. Back then, she wasn't good enough to go to the IBU Cup, which is one level below the CW.
"This is extremely impressive. Usually, new national team members need some time to adapt and new experiences before they realize whether they can pull this level or not. Marit picked things up quickly and made progress from race to race. Most likely, she had a lot of talent that hadn't been shown in competition before. You need to be a very good biathlete to get into the top ten at the World Cup," the athlete coach Sverre Huber Kaas praised the woman.
Skogan's Norwegian teammate Ingrid Tandrevold believes that these may be her last days at the store.
"There has been a lot of talk about Marit working extra hours, and I think, unfortunately for XXL, that may now be over. There will be a lot of fun in the New Year that she will be a part of," the three-time world champion said.