Ten Swedes begin in the slalom championship in Levi today – the largest blue and yellow team in almost five years.
"We have great expectations, it's a strong team," says Ladi Melon.
Frida Hansdotter is the first from Sweden when the slalom season starts only after 10 am today. But the Olympic gold winner has unusually many blonde skiers who follow Finnish support.
Satisfied results last season made Sweden a maximum of ten drivers at the start in Levi. The last time this happened was on some competitions in the winter of 2013-2014.
"We have a strong team to lift," says Ladi Melon.
"We've been doing a good job for several years and we got him on the competitions, so we have more places.
After Hansdotter, Anna Svenn-Larsson starts, which is also in the first group to start. A little later, Estelle Alphand starts for the first time as one of the top 15.
Frida Hansdotter won Olympic gold and has seven straight pockets at the World Cup. But in other fields, expectations are high, says Lars Melin.
"Yes, my expectation is that eight drivers will qualify for the second yard," he says.
"We will have the opportunity to look at how our training looks.
Fact: Swedish team
Sweden has ten riders on the slalom season:
3. Frida Hansdotter.
4. Anna Svenn-Larsson.
13. Estelle Alphand.
19. Emelie Vikstrom.
31. Charlotte Safvenberg
36. Magdalena Fjallstrom.
37. Ilva Stalnacke.
44. Sara Hektor.
65. Sara Rask.
67. Elsa Hakansson-Fermback.