Tongues were wagging after veteran skier Andrus Veerpalu finished fourth at the Estonian championships on December 26, a whopping 42.4 seconds off the pace of winner Eeri Vahtra. But Veerpalu dismisses the speculation that anything is amiss, such as his knee again, or simply approaching retirement.
Everything is situation normal, Veerpalu said, and moving along nicely for the Oslo World Championship.
Veerpalu told Postimees
that he has exactly 63 days to go until he starts in the 15km staggered-start event, which is enough time to get into top shape.
"Much can change in two months. Naturally I would have liked to have a better showing, but nothing disastrous is going on," said Veerpalu, adding: "If I were already in great shape, then I could slip in the course of the season."
Veerpalu decided to skip this year's Tour de Ski. Instead, the Olympic champion will stay near his home in Otepää to train and look for nearby opportunities to compete: "I'm not in the mode where I could take part on the tour just for the sake of notching starts," says Veerpalu.