Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå

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Last season Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå may have only competed in four out of a total of seven Worldcup races. Nevertheless the Norwegian finished the year in a respectable 6th place in the overall standings. After all Dahle Flesjå finished on the podium in all four races that she competed in: She was 3rd in Nove Mesto and 2nd in Pietermaritzburg, Albstadt and Méribel. Despite not winning a race, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå proved that she still is competitive at the very top of mountain bike Worldcup racing. On the other hand the Norwegian could not live up to her own expectations at the season’s highlight in front of her own fans: At the World championships in Hafjell, she never got up to speed throughout the race, having to settle for 9th place. At the national championship in July on the other hand she managed to win another national title. Her other wins of the year came at the opening round of the MTB Bundesliga in Saalhausen, at the International KitzAlp Bikefestival in Kirchberg/Tyrol and at the Ötztal Mountainbike Festival in Haiming.

As for the upcoming season, Gunn-Rita Dahle Felsjå has her sights set on Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic games already. She has been training hard throughout the winter to lay a solid foundation for a successful Worldcup season. Her first participation at the Cape Epic stage race is part of that build-up. Apart from a 29th Worldcup race win that would make her the most successful athlete ever in the sport, the Norwegian is looking to secure a ticket for the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. This would be the 5th Olympic participation for Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå. If you’re familiar with the Norwegian’s competitive mindset you know that she’s not planning to travel to Brazil for the sheer fun of it.


SUCCESSES

2014 1st Norwegian national championships crosscountry, 8th at World championships crosscountry, Worldcup results: 2nd in Pietermaritzburg, 2nd in Albstadt, 2nd in Méribel and 3rd in Nove Mesto, 6th in the Worldcup’s overall standings; race wins at round 1 of the MTB Bundesliga in Saalhausen, at the International KitzAlp Bikefestival in Kirchberg/Tyrol and at the Ötztal Mountainbike Festival in Haiming

2013 World champion marathon, 1st Norwegian national championships crosscountry, 8th at World championships crosscountry, Worldcup results: 4th in Vallnord, 5th in Val di Sole and Hafjell, 10th in Nove Mesto, 9th in the Worldcup’s overall standings; race wins at BMC Racing Cup in Davos and Coupe de France event in Méribel

2012 1st European championships crosscountry, silver at both the World championships crosscountry and World championships marathon, Worldcup results: 1st in la Bresse and Val d’Isère, 5th at Mont Saint-Anne, 7th at Windham, 8th at Nove Mesto and Houffalize, 2nd in the Worldcup’s overall standings

2011 1st European championships marathon, 1st Norwegian national championships crosscountry, Worldcup results: 3rd at Val di sole, 4th at Nove Mesto, 6th at World championships crosscountry

2010 Silver medal European championships marathon, 6th world championships marathon, 3rd at Roc d’Azur (crosscountry)

2009 1st European championships marathon,
1st Norwegian national championships crosscountry, 1st at Montebelluna’s Gunn-Rita-Marathon

2008 World champion marathon, 7th at World championships crosscountry, Worldcup results: 1st in Madrid, 5th in Mont Sainte-Anne, 6th in Houffalize, 8th in Fort William

2007 Worldcup results: 2nd in Houffalize, 3rd in Offenburg, 1st at MTB Bundesliga Münsingen, 1st at Sunshine Cup in Nals, 1st at Gunn-Rita-Marathon

2006 World champion crosscountry and marathon, European champion marathon, runner-up at European championships crosscountry; winner of three worldcup races and the UCI-worldcup overall

2005 World champion crosscountry and marathon, European champion crosscountry; winner of five worldcup races and the UCI-worldcup overall; Norwegian national champion crosscountry and Nordic champion


Weltrangliste / worldranking 5 (previous year 17)
Grösse / size 173 cm
Gewicht / weight 59 kg
Wohnort / place of residence Stavanger, Norway
Geburtsdatum / date of birth 10.02.1973
Erlernter Beruf / learned job Journalism
Trainer / coach Kenneth Flesjå
Hobbys / Hobbies writing / reading and playing with my little son
Familienstand / marital state married to Kenneth / one child
Website www.gunnrita.com