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MEETING | KASPAR KINDEM – ACCOMPLISHED ATHLETE AND COMPETITOR

Kaspar Kindem is a young up-and-coming Alpine ski racer who competes for the Norwegian team in the combined slalom, giant slalom, super G and downhill. At just 19 years old, he already has an impressive track record; his latest victories are the Men’s Giant Slalom in Hafjell Olympiabakken 2 and the Men’s Giant Slalom in Klaeppen in the 2018/2019 season. He is part of Fusalp’s Young Champions class of 2020.
We interviewed him.

Follow Kaspar Kindem on Instagram : @kasparkindem

 

 

Kaspar Kindem, Please tell us about your journey.

I’m a 19-year-old alpine skier from Norway. As a youngster, I did a lot of different sports. To mention a couple, tennis, football, bandy and of course alpine skiing. At the age of 13, I found out that alpine skiing was my passion, and it was here it all started.

I was lucky enough to get accepted into a Norwegian sports middle school, which organizes training for teenagers that attend sports. For three years, I was challenged in many different ways, and it was during this period I got a good perspective of what it takes to become a good skier. At 16 years old, I was one of three Norwegians who competed in Whistler Games which is held in Canada. Whistler Games is an international competition where almost 40 countries line up with their best athletes. I won the Giant Slalom and was 3rd in the Slalom.

With these results, I was accepted to join Persbraaten High School and their ski team. I graduated this fall with good results, both academically and in my sport. This year, I was proud to be able to participate in the Junior World Championship for the second year in a row. In addition, I was one of two Norwegians that were competing in all disciplines. Due to Covid-19, the race got canceled half-way, before I was able to race in my favorite disciplines. Luckily, I managed to get 4th place in Super-G, which I’m pleased with.

Now I’m looking forward to a new season. I will be a part of both the Norwegian national recruitment team and Burke Mountain Academy. Besides that, I will start my online education in Computer Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

 

 

What motivated you to become an Alpine skier ?

Since I was young, I have been driven by challenges and the accomplishments of mastering those. It’s so exciting working on minor details while skiing a difficult slalom slope or going 130 km/h down a mountain in downhill. It’s a technical sport where small margins make huge differences. Therefore, you will never be done learning, which makes it possible to continuously improve – which I love.

 

As an Alpine skier, you compete in several disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, super G, and downhill. What are the specificities of each discipline ?

For me, slalom is the most intense discipline. The distance between the gates is quite short, therefore the speed isn’t that high. Still, it’s a lot happening at the same time. You will pass a new gate every second, and with a small mistake, you’ll be out of the course before even knowing it.

In Giant Slalom, the speed is approximately 70 km/h and the gates are about 23 meters from each other. It’s important to work with the terrain and snow as well as having a good technique. This combination makes Giant Slalom very difficult and fun, hence it’s my favorite discipline.

Super-G is a speed discipline, but it still has a lot in common with giant slalom. The difference is that the gates are even further from each other and the speed is significantly higher. It’s even more important now to have a soft touch on the snow to maximize the speed throughout every turn.

Downhill is something for itself. I would describe it as Formula 1 on snow. The speed is up to 150 km/h and the course has little to no turns. In downhill, it’s extremely important to carry as much speed as possible throughout the course. To truly master it, you’ll have to be an expert in skiing the right line, letting the skis run freely and flow with the terrain.

 
 

 

What advice would you give a young skier who considers competing ?

I would say it’s important to have fun skiing and competing. Don’t make it too serious, especially at a young age. It’s the passion for the sport that you should thrive on. I’m 19 years old and it’s still the thing that keeps me going. With passion, one becomes more motivated and will be able to learn faster.

 

You are part of the first season of Fusalp’s Young Champions program. What do you expect from it ?

I’m excited and honored to be a part of Fusalp’s Young Champions Program.
I expect a positive partnership with a give and take moral. Also, I want to meet new enthusiastic people that thrive on their passion the same way I thrive on skiing. Last but not least, be able to use and promote Fuaslp on an everyday basis.

 
Kaspar wears the GABIN III polo shirt in Alexandri, the REMY T-shirt in Milk and the TED light jacket in Black.

Crédits photos : Kristian Magnus Evjenth

 


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