STAVANGER (VG) When Ragne Wiklund (21) took his first podium place in the World Cup and walked a terrific 1500-meter, it was perhaps proof that Norway’s brand new jersey is even «faster» than the one that turned out to be worth gold in the Olympics four years ago.
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Ragne Wiklund became Norway’s first female gold winner in the 1500 meters in the distance world championships in Heerenveen nine months ago. On Friday, she lowered her personal record in the 5000 meters by more than two seconds (6.56.46 / 6.58.76) when she took 3rd place in the World Cup in Sørmarka Arena in Stavanger – in the skating national team’s innovation on the textile front.
On the last day of the competition on Sunday, she took 5th place with a strong 1.56.72. This week she travels with the national ice skating team to the World Cup races in Salt Lake and Calgary, well noticed on slippery and super fast ice respectively 3-5. December and 10–12. December.
– Four years ago, the Norwegian was the best. This should be even better, said Petter Andersen – former national team runner, later “Equipment-Petter Smart” and soon sports manager after Lasse Sætre – when he last Thursday pulled the jersey out of a freshly popped cardboard box on the World Cup hotel’s second floor in Stavanger.
– We think we have made the best jersey now, he emphasizes.
This time well noticed in the colors red, white and blue. The previous winning color was solid blue, which apparently – the color – also increased the speed of Norway’s skating hopes.
In the Olympics it was so big that the team tempo team for men won gold, Håvard Lorentzen gold in 500 meters and silver in 1000 meters, Sverre Lunde Pedersen bronze at 5000 meters. Pedersen was a notch in the ice from taking a medal in the 1500 meters. One year later he won World Cup gold in 5000 meters, while Lorentzen took the silver medal in the 500 meters during the championship in Inzell.
– Air resistance. That’s what most things are about, Petter Andersen answers questions about what has been the purpose of putting a lot of effort, time and money into improving the winning jersey from 2018.
He means less air resistance.
“Skating jersey 2022” is the result of the Olympic Summit’s research project “Top speed”, which includes alpine, jumping, combined, the wind tunnel at NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), a 3D-printed version of national team runner Allan Dahl Johansson and a Dutch researcher living in Norway – as well as the Dutch equipment manufacturer Sportconfex (with address Seilmakergaten in Assen!) and the Fila brand.
The price of the glory is according to the skating association’s current coordinator Petter Andersen unknown. However, he claims that it is “a bit” compared to all the world’s slip projects. He also says that all the subtleties of the jersey give the greatest positive effect at speeds around 45 to 50 kilometers per hour.
That is, for Ragne Wiklund at 5000 meters and 10,000 meters for men.
In the ice skaters’ top speed – 60 kilometers per hour – the payoff is not as great. That is, for Håvard Lorentzen in the 500 and 1000 meters.
Historically, ice skating has not been a typical equipment sport. That changed with the arrival of the skate after Johann Olav Koss’ gold parade in the 1994 Olympics. Then with zig-zag stripes glued to the jersey in connection with the Nagano Olympics in 1998. They were to break the air currents.
And the alleged super jersey of the Netherlands and the United States for the 2002 Olympics (Ådne Søndrål and Norway «black» with a secret case from the manufacturer Hunter in the Netherlands).
Atle Vårvik’s Donald jersey was possibly not as speed efficient. But it attracted attention when he presented the aerodynamic marvel – with spoilers – in the mid-1990s.
Norway’s fresh victory jersey consists largely of rubber, as in the classic rubber trousers for small children – from the middle of the thigh and up to the neckline. In addition to a number of unspecified substances.
– It was a revolution in 2002, says Petter Andersen with rubber in mind.
At the same time, he compares the rug patterns in the jersey fabrics with a golf ball, which with its uneven surface does not “wobble” – in contrast to what a completely round one would do.