The race was called “The Small World Cup” and for me, preparing for it felt like a World Cup at that time. I was 12 years old and was competing the last year in the B-class. Skiing was getting more and more important in life and at this time I knew I wanted to spend my life in the slopes. I loved it strongly and practiced three times a week and most of the time I skied at weekends too. I had high goals and I was in love with the addicting feeling of winning races.
The most important race of the year was coming closer. This time we were allowed to live at a hotel. It was the first time for me. So luxurious and very exciting. There was a pool in the hotel so I went and played in it every day. But my focus was strong. The first race was Super G. I was in the finish and nobody was faster than me. The next race was slalom. I was scared of the gates and did not attack any of them but I still skied with all the protection you could find just incase. I ended up 3rd, so still a good result. In the GS Nathalie Eklund and I had a great fight, she was my biggest competitor. A straight course and I lost with just a few milliseconds (crazy memory but I remember it was straight which I hated at that time.. bad loser I guess.) But then me and Nathalie got to share the total win and both of us got to go to a camp with the two other winners, Emelie Wikström from the south and Edda-Kristin Arnadottir from the north of Sweden. They are now my best friends. This camp we spent together with our idols Marcus Larsson, Jens Byggmark, André Myhrer who all were in the national team. I remember a lecture from Johan Brolenius and a dry-land session with Fredrik Nyberg too. It was just so cool.