World Champion 4-dog (2-days race) with Fine Josefine, Pulka, Spinnvill and Helle (Beatrice M. Gatti Semmingsen)
We were no 4 after the first day. 18 sec. behind Elin Bjørk, 9 sec after M Høgberg and 5 sec after Tsjekkia. Soulier was 1 sec behind me, and Eira Aaseby 3 sec behind me. We were told it should be a pursuit, and was really happy about that. A pursuit would be a second chance for me. I was so exited. But when we entered the parking lot the following day there had been some protests, and we were back to the 1 min intervall. I was not happy !
I had used booties on all my dogs the first day, and that probably slowed them down a bit. I was concerned about André's race later in the week. It was just totally amazing to win the gold medal !!! ,015 sec before the CZE guy. Elin was no 3.
Pulka and I won 3 World Championships in a row: 2013 in Alaska, 2015 in Germany and 2017 in Canada. I won my first gold medal ever in Canada in 1991, in pulka :-)
André Won the 4-dog junior class: 3 days. The last day he used only 3 dogs, because the relay was the same day, and I was on the Norwegian Team no 1. Fine Josefine was resting. Andre still won with 1.36 total :-) I was so happy too see him finish !!
At the relay (skijoring 1 dog, skijoring 2 dogs and sled 4-dog) we excanged 1 meter ahead of Norway 2, and it was close for 4 km. After that I was gaining more and more meters. I was really proud to see that Helle, Pulka and Spinnvil could do two races with only 3,5 hours break :-)
Trainaux Vallgaude, stagerace in France. Tigerfrøken had a bad injury after the first day, but Lucky stepped in as a great lead dog, and we won the race :-) Pulka, Black, Turbo, Gullet, Lucky and Tigerfrøken was in the pool, and we raced with 4 dogs every lap. Arne, my dad, was handler.
André participated in 4-dog junior during the European Championship at Savalen in Norway. He won the class with Gullet, Pulka, Pluto and Iron (the two teamdogs from Kjetil)
I won the Norwegian Championship in 4-dog sled at Hamar. Lucky ran faster than the light the first day, as a lead dog. Really impressing.
Holmenkollen won the relay in the Norwegian Championship for the first time ever. Julie had the first lap in pulka eith Helle (Beatrice), I did the second lap skijoring with Turbo, and he was amazing. Our lap time was over 1 minute netter than no. 2. Anne Marte did the 3. lap in pulka with Arja, overtook the leading team, and came to finish first. Is was so epic, that Julie had to cry a little....
Snørock was a great ending of the season. André did great in the "up to 16 years class", and got the 4. place with Helle. Julie finished 2. in the senior class, and qualified for the superfinal. She was no. 4 with Fine Josefine. Thomas Northug won, Ole Einar Njørndalen no.2, and Yngve Hoel no. 3.
The dryland season was André's season. Pulka had a bad crash with another dog in the dogyard in the summer, Tigerfrøken has still not recovered since January, Turbo had a problem with his foot, Snehvit had her uterus removed, and Gullgutten lives in Oslo. Spinnvill and Fine Josefine was too young for the Norwegian Championship. But André qualified for the European Championship in England with his 2. place with Turbo in scooter.
André and Fine Josefine won the scooter junior class in the European Championship in Thetford in England. Great preformance. They had 3. best time of all (incl seniors) the last day, and they qualified for the 1. team for Norway in the relay (seniors) They finished 5. André had 2. best time of all in the second lap.
2011 Winter Season
This season was the most strange season I have ever had! First I hurt my leg and could not walk or use my scooter for a long time, then my cart broke during the ECh. in Italy, and then the snow finnaly came :-)
It was very cold for a couple of months, and we had to take really care. We got the kennelcauch. No training for a while, but even still I had two really sick dogs with lungh problems. In our secound race Miss Alaska hurt her sholder, and she was "really out", and never came back the way she normally runs. Frøken Norge's toe is still not good, and she was not running in competitions. But
I won the Norwegian Championships in 4-dog class.
We had big internal "fights" about skijoring in our federation. They decided that we had to qualify for skijoring 2 dogs with pulka 1 dog. This class would have been perfect for me, but NO ENTRY...!
My 4 very young dogs ran quite good, but I had to use my fathers Lucky (50% greyh/Vorsth) the whole season. Lucky did great, but when Gullgutten had a serious back problem some days before the World Championships I understood that this was not my season...
The World Ckampionships in Holmenkollen was great for our sport :-)
Spectators, TV, fun trails and great weather.
I ended up as no. 4 in both competitions, with too young and not healty dogs...
2010 winter and fall
I did the Pirena Race again. Frøken Norge tought she was pregnant, and ran terrible. Miss Alaska had a stomack infection and had problems with more than 12 km. The 3. dog was Smash from Beatrice Gatti. He ran good some days, and not so good other days. I won 5 days, and ended up as 2. over all. The result was good after all the problems, but the race was no fun that year....
I could not participate in the Norwegian Championship on snow, because my dogs were "tecnical" still on doping after the problems in Pirena.
But a litle later in the season I won both distances in the pre- World Championship :-)
And in the fall I won the Norwegian Championship in 4-dog dryland :-)
The European Championship in Italy was a disaster: My brand new cart broke after 3 minutes the first day.....
World Champion 2009
Scooter 1 dog, Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
It was a very hilly trail. Not tecnical, but much fun! It was hard to deside witch dog to use: Frøken Norge or Miss Alaska?? But Frøken was really motivated, and was the lucky one. Domenic from Swiss was no. 2 and Venke de Lange no. 3.
In scooter two dogs I was second. It was OK, but Frøken was tired downhill after the two days in the 1 dog class. She has injured one toe, and gravel road is really hard for her (I don't know the english word "forkalkning", but it will not heel) Igor Tracz fom Poland won.
It was a great experinece! 14 days with competitions. I particitated in skijoring, with Frøken Norge, Miss Alaska and Romeo. You are only allowed to use 1 or 2 dogs. I used 2 dogs in each stage. It was much heavy snow, and much heavy wether this year. The skijorers went from 11 km to 24 km. I had 2. best time of all, includes sleds, in one 24 km and 12 km. And the beste time of all in a 12 km trail. That was fun! Skijorers and sleds competed in the same trail/distance 5 times.
For the "organization Pirena" nothing is impossible. They never see problems, only solutions. That is great! You can read more at www.pirena.com
We hope to participate next year too...
A new generation Greysthers
I got tired of not using my own dogs in 4-dog class. Kjetil's dogs have done really good for me, but they miss the extra explosive strenght in the hills and turns.
May 17. 2007 Bergans, Buff, Fart, Lucky, Alpina and 4 others were born. Froken Norge and the Swedish Greyhound "Black Warrior" are the parents.
This will be the same breeding as Turboprinsen's mother. She ran for about 5 km. Just enough for off-snow races. We will breed Bergans as soon as possible with Miss Alaska, hopfully during the spring 2009, and we will have new Turboprinsen's, Tigergutt's and Cherrie's. I can hardly wait...
Alpina is about 5 months in the picture
Comeback in the World Championships 2007
My 4-dog team in Gafsele (Sweden) World Championships 2007. I borrowed two of Kjetil's unlimited dogs. I was far behind the first day (number 4). Froken Norge and Miss Alaska were playing the whole trail. This because we two weeks earlier made the movie "The road to the Olympics", and it was a lot of stop-run-play-stop-play.... The second and third day I put another dog in lead (Step) with Miss Alaska, and we had the fastes time both days. We ended up with the silver medal.
In the picture: Step (Kjetil), Miss Alaska, Froken Norge and Flash (Kjetil)
Frøken Norge and Miss Alaska
Froken Norge and Miss Alaska were bought as puppies in 2005. I found out that is was difficult to live without the competitions. Ole Brumm and Turbo Junior were getting older... The females were European and World Champions 1,5 years old. The picture is from the WCh. Rastede Germany 2006. They were also World Champions in 2007 in Piandelagotti in Italy.
The females are pure Votsthers, and bought because I did not get any puppies my selves. They are running really greate as lead dogs in 4-dog, and offcourse in kickbike 2-dog. I only had two grown up dogs, so I used Kjetil's unlimited dogs in my 4-dog team off-snow. I did non sled competition after 2003, until 2007.
The last season: 2003
2003 was the last winter-season with my own dogs. I ended my career with European- and World Championship gold in 4-dog class. Norwegian Champion in 4-dog, 6-dog KingsCup, pulka 2-dog 15 km, and skijoring.
In the KingsCup race i used Ole Brumm, Turbo Junior, Funny, ET, Nikita (Kjetil) and Lob (Kjetil). Picture: Ole Brumm and me.
Ole Brumm and Turbo Junior
After Turboprinsen, Tigergutt and Cherrie (sister), there was Batgirl, Alaska and Snehvit. They also had great Victories, in all my categories.
And after that Ole Brumm and Turbo Junior, grandsons of Turboprinsen. They won the World Champions in St. Moritz 1999 when they were 1,5 years old, as lead dogs in my 4-dog team. They have done great ever after.
The picture is from the World Championship in Fairbanks 2001. Turbo Junior did great in the relay (gold). He also won the 23 km skijoring together with Snehvit and me. An we took the track record on Jeff Studdart Race Ground in 4-dog World Championships a couple of days later (3x 7,2 km)
European Championship 1995
In 1995 both Kjetil and I won the European Championship in Serre Chevalier in France. Unlimited class and 4-dog class. My father and my handler Kine are also in the picture.
I have had some great handlers. Among others I have to mention Eva Thorslund Aadland in addition to Kine Moen Holilokk. They really understood what I was thinking all the time!!
Bad Mitterndorf 1992. Some of my faithful supporters: Alvilde Marie Moen, Kine Moen, Leif Moen, Liv Boysen (my mother), Bjoern Faye and Kjell Moen. My father was probably running arownd with me... I have been lucky to have a big team supporting me. Even my grand mother Enny joined me around. We had many great times.
A new breeding: "Ben Johnson and Grete Waitz mix"
Turboprinsen (1988) and Tigergutt (1991) was "Greysthers": 25% greyhound and 75% vorsther. They were both great in all disiplines. From the beginning of the '90 I had 7-11 dogs, and mostly Greysthers. Many people thought this mix was no good, because the greyhound would hunt the target and run no more. That did not happend. They ran, and passed other teams like any other Vorsther. I trained them the same way I trained my Vorsthers.
My first sled season
In 1992 i started with sled (3-dog class), in addition to Pulka class. I was searching for more international competition, and new goals. Until 2003 i competed in both classes, and was the first one (and only one!?) to be World Champion in both sled and pulka in the same championship: St.Moritz 1999.
In the picture from 1998: Sicko (Erlend Aadland), Tigergutt, Batgirl and Snehvit
My first "big" victory
I was in Nittedal Dog Club's relay team in 1982 in the Norwegian Championship (for children) and we won the gold medal. I'm not sure, but I think Anita Halvorsen and Laila Nordby were in my team. My first individual gold medal was in 1983. I used our dog Paco, and I was really proud.
My father was a active pulka musher. He was quite good, but the European and World Championships was not inventet at that time. The pulka sport was big in Norway, Sweden and Finland. But because of the quarantine/rabies we did not compete in central Europe before 1988. My club Holmenkollen arranged the "Mini-ECh" in 1986, and we got French and German pulka mushers to Norway. They used our Norwegian dogs, had fun and made good contact for the future.