A Day in the Life of...Elvira Oeberg 

A Day in the Life of...Elvira Oeberg 

Elvira Oeberg has just settled in to her new apartment in Östersund after completing the school year and is now fully focused on biathlon. “I just finished school and can train 100% of the time now; it is really amazing.”

7 am. Quick Breakfast
Although in the midst of a mini training camp, she gets up at her usual time, “around 7. I dress quickly and make breakfast, usually yogurt mixed with cereal and toast with cheese on it. Sometimes I drink coffee, but not always; it depends on how ambitious I want to be in the morning. I do not like to spend a lot of time before I go to training.”

A Day in the Life of...Elvira Oeberg 

Rollerskiing with Her Rifle to Training
Oeberg, luckily lives close to the stadium and can easily get there via two wheels. “Our morning training was going to be rollerski combos with shooting. So I put on my rollerskis outside the apartment, with my rifle on my back and went to the stadium. It takes about 15 minutes to get there.” Rollerskiing down a city street with a rifle on your back might raise eyebrows many places, but not always in the city that just hosted the 2019 IBU World Championships. “I think the people are pretty used to it since I am not the only one doing this. But I have to say that the looks from some people are longer than others!”

+20C Summer Day

​​Morning training on what had to be considered an Östersund summer day (+20 Celsius) was just like any other day. “We had zeroing and then did longer skating intervals with shooting. That included some blocks, focusing on ski technique for over an hour and then another block with more shooting. Every time that we came into shoot, we were with someone, just how it is in the winter, practicing staying focused. By the time we were done, the whole session was about 2.5 hours.”​

A Day in the Life of...Elvira Oeberg 

Luxury Lunch
An at-home training camp meant a nice luxury for Oeberg and her teammates. “After training, I went home just to shower and biked back because we eat lunch at the restaurant in the Arctura (tower above the stadium). The coaches do not pick the menu, but the food is really good. I had spaghetti carbonara and a huge variety of salads. We are kind of spoiled…”

A Day in the Life of...Elvira Oeberg 

Power Nap
It is a quick downhill ride back to the apartment after lunch for the 20-year-old who won three Gold medals at the 2018 IBU YJWCH. “After lunch, I head home and as fast as I can, get to the pillow to get my afternoon power nap! I am a 30 minute sleeper in the afternoon, because if I do not set the alarm, I would wake up 5 hours later!” 

“After my nap, I prepare an afternoon snack to refuel before the second session. The program is lunch, sleep and food again. Today it was yogurt with berries and toast with an egg on it.”

A Day in the Life of...Elvira Oeberg 

Running, Shooting and Strength: “Really Hard”
The late afternoon training added two more hours to the weekly total of 25 hours. “The afternoon training was shooting and running integrated with this we did some strength stations. It is different than we did with Wolfgang (Pichler), but it is still really hard. We are not training any less now than we did with him. My shooting today was not that good at the beginning. I have been making some adjustments on my rifle and actually some more in the session; I am trying to find that relaxed position even when I have a competition-type pulse. By the end, it got much better.”

A Day in the Life of...Elvira Oeberg 

The younger Oeberg sister hopes the continued hard training will someday take her a step above her Olympic and IBU Gold medal-winning sister Hanna. “There are no Olympics for a couple of years (to get ahead of Hanna)… I’ve had some really good development. I really hope that I can become better than her. I am aiming for that and do not see it as unrealistic….Yesterday was the first time this year that Hanna and I were at home together. We had our whole family for dinner; all of the relatives were there. Of course, everyone is so proud (of Hanna).”

A Day in the Life of...Elvira Oeberg 
A Day in the Life of...Elvira Oeberg 

Dinner and Baking

​Once training ends, “not much was left of the day. I took the bike home; since I do not have a car, the bike and my rollerskis are my main transportation. 

The evening brings time for a meal and a favorite pastime, baking. “After a quick shower, I cooked dinner: potatoes, salmon and salad. I think I am a pretty good cook. I really enjoy cooking, especially baking. Contrary to a lot of other people, I enjoy the baking the most. I like to bake for others (and take a small taste). In the evening, I either bake of watch TV shows.”

A Day in the Life of...Elvira Oeberg 

Never Dark, But 9 Hours of Sleep
The advantage/disadvantage of Sweden in the summer is the long days, but it has little effect on Oeberg’s time under the covers. “The sun is never really up all the time, but it is never dark. You have to have very good blinds for your windows, but I have no problems sleeping. I go to sleep really easily, usually by 10. I need my nine hours!”

Photos: IBU, Elvira Oeberg

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