IG's John Crumlish continues his Scandinavian road trip in Oslo, where Norwegian gymnast Marcus Conradi is enjoying somewhat of a break from his training stint in Tianjin, China, since June.
"It's very nice if you are training really hard and come home to take a break," said Conradi, who arrived in Norway from China on December 22. "But I've been power training every day to keep going. I got new skis for Christmas, and my little brother and I have been having some competitions. Skiing is very hard. I was a pretty good skier before gymnastics, so I still have pretty good control. Of, course, I have some limits now."
Conradi, who competed at the world championships in Rotterdam in October, said he has been making good use of his free time with his family.
"On December 23, I went to my family's vacation cottage," said the 19-year-old Conradi. "I celebrated with them, skied and just had a lot of fun and relaxation."
Conradi said his goals for 2011 include competing at the world championships in Tokyo, dethroning 11-time Norwegian all-around champion Espen Jansen for his country's national title, and possibly launching his professional career as a firefighter.
Conradi plans to return to China on January 11 and remain there till the end of February. He wants to maintain the discipline and intensity of his Chinese training once he is home for good in Norway.
"Of course, I will use the things I've learned in China," he told IG. "I want to bring them to Norway, not only for me, but for everyone."
Next stop on IG's Scandinavian road trip: Stockholm, Sweden!