The surprise winner of the Golden Trail World Series 3rd stage, Sophia Laukli, proved her place in international trail running!
You may not recognize her name, but Sophia Laukli (Team Salomon, USA) isn’t just anyone! She’s a member of the U.S. Olympic Cross-Country Ski Team, and she’s already proved her trail running skills by winning, among others, the notably very tough Broken Arrow. Nobody would doubt her physical abilities, but few would have thought she’d win the Stranda Fjord Trail Race, the most technical stage of the Golden Trail World Series 2022. Yet, that’s exactly what she did on Saturday 6th August by leading this 25km race, with its 1,700 metres of vertical climb, from start to finish.
"In the beginning, I didn’t like running…"
Originally from America’s East Coast, dual citizenship with a Norwegian father and American mother, Sophia Laukli settled in Salt Lake City in Utah for her studies. With parents as skiers, little Sophia quickly learned how to ski when she was just 2 years old. But it was at the end of high school that she started to seriously train and compete. At just 20 years old, only two years ago, she joined the U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team before taking part in the 2021 World Championships and the 2022 Olympic Games. Running had always been a part of her training for skiing. "I must admit that in the beginning I didn’t really enjoy running, but later I did quite a lot of training in Montana or Utah and that’s where I fell in love with trail running. In our training we did a fair amount of intense hill repeats, and I thought one day I should try and see how I’d do in a race. The problem was Covid came, and all the races were cancelled. I had to wait until last year to take part in my first races in Alaska and Utah. That’s when I realised that it was something I wanted to continue!"
UA victory at the Broken Arrow
Sophia came into the limelight for the first time this summer when she won the legendary Broken Arrow Skyrace 26K. A race that put Sophia centre stage in the USA trail running scene. "To be honest, I didn’t know how it was going to go. I’d never done such a long race and I didn’t know the level of the girls over there. I thought if I was having a good day I could possibly win, but I tried not to expect too much. At the finish line I was so exhausted but so happy! There was such an amazing atmosphere at the end, the whole experience was incredible!"
From the USA to a victory on the GTWS
New to the trail running world, Sophia didn’t know the Golden Trail World Series before joining the Salomon Team this year. "I thought this Series of races looked amazing and that I really needed to do it! I was really excited by the distances and the atmosphere surrounding it seemed really intense and really fun too!" So, it was at the Stranda Fjord Trail Race that she made her entrance, a more than successful entrance. Even though the women’s field was the highest yet, Sophia Laukli mastered the race from A to Z to win it hands down.
At the finish line, Sophia Laukli couldn’t believe it: she’d just won the 3rd stage of the Golden Trail World Series!"Wow! It’s amazing! I knew my skills were in the uphill climbs, so I tried to go all out in the first section and then I managed to keep my lead gap in the downhill! I had a bit of trouble in the mud but gosh it was so much fun!"
With a smile on her lips, she quickly admits that she realised what she could be capable of on the world circuit. "It certainly does motivate me to do other races! For now, the ski season is very important to me but obviously if I find myself leading the Golden Trail World Series… Oh my God, it would be tough to not go and fight for the final!"
It remains to be seen what she is capable of up against runners such as Nienke Brinkman (Team Nike Trail, The Netherlands) or Maude Mathys (Team Salomon, Switzerland). "I don’t know if I can beat girls like Maude or Nienke, but I do know is that the race in Norway gave me a lot of self-confidence, especially as it wasn’t even a race profile that suited me very well. But I’ll keep training for it!" We can’t wait to see what she’ll do on the next races!
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29th October 2022, Start 9:00 AM, 26.2 KM, 1,940M V+ CURRAL DAS FREIRAS, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL By winning the fourth stage of the Grand Final in Madeira, Rémi Bonnet and Nienke Brinkman are the definitive winners of the Golden Trail World Series 2022!
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De pasarse cinco meses afectado por la tercera vacuna contra la Covid a segundo en Sierre Zinal.
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6TH AUGUST 2022, 11am start, 25 km, 1,700 m elevation gain STRANDA, NORWAY The Golden Trail World Series went to a Nordic country for the first time in its history! This weekend, the Stranda Fjord Trail Race was the 3rd leg of the world trail cup. A physically and technically demanding race that attracted the world’s best athletes to Scandinavia for the event.
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Le brouillard tarde à se dissiper au-dessus du lac de Guerlédan. Un son amplifié d’une sono lointaine fend la brume qui recouvre le parc de l’Abbaye de Bon Repos. Près de 1 000 vaillants traileurs ont accepté le défi breton du Trail de Guerlédan, deuxième manche de la Golden Trail National Series ; un défi repoussé pour certains depuis deux ans pour raisons sanitaires. Un œil sur la ligne de départ révèle de grands absents : les têtes d’affiche de la première étape – l’Ergysport Trail du Ventoux – n’ont pas fait le déplacement jusqu’en Bretagne, à l’exception de Enzo Ratti (Esprit Volcans - 10e au Ventoux) et Anthony Boucard (Team Moonvalley - 18e). Une startlist qui annonçait donc de beaux combats en course et de belles opportunités à saisir.
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