Their parents are great and famous. Now the children of star-skier fathers try to repeat their success – but not only at cross-country skiing.
Our list starts with Julia Svan – daughter of one of the best Swedish skiers, Gunde Svan, 4-time Olympic champion and 7-time World Champion. In 2013, Julia won a relay at the FIS Junior World Ski Championship. Her dream-team also included Sofia Henriksson, Jonna Sundling, and Stina Nilsson.
Then, after health problems and a comeback (3rd place at Tjejvasan-2016), Julia Svan decided to stop her professional skiing career. She joined Expressen as an expert, writing about cross-country skiing. Julia had already taken part in an interview with Northug about her father.
Meanwhile, several children of famous people have stayed at the elite sporting level. One of them is, Marcus Fredriksson, first son of Mattias Fredriksson, the last Swedish World Cup winner. The 21 y.o. skier is a member of Ski Team Sweden’s third training group, containing 19-23 y.o. skiers.
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However, Marcus is more successful in summer-time roller-skiing races. Last year, he won the Overall Junior Rollerski World Cup; last weekend Marcus Fredriksson came in fourth at a senior roller-ski race.
A participant in the Junior World Championships in Soldier Hollow, 19 y.o. Maja Majbaek is the daughter of Christer Majbaek, who won WC-gold in 1989 (today he is an owner of SkiGo). Maja’s best place at JWC was fifth in relay. She qualified to this tournament, convincingly winning 15 km mass-starts at National competitions.
Finnish Anita Kirvesniemi is the daughter of two famous people: Marja-Lisa and Harri Kirvesniemi, both of whom have many Olympic medals. Anita, born in 1990, is studying at the University of New Mexico, Lobos. She is part of the University’s ski team and regularly takes part in Finnish National Ski Championships. Also, she was 6th in Vasaloppet China in 2016. In 2017, Anita visited WCH in Lahti as a spectator.
But the most successful example is Canadian Alex Harvey, 50 km winner at Lahti-2017. We can call him the best Canadian skier – and his father, Pierre Harvey, also took part in elite ski competitions and won in Falun.
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