Elite Skier Nina Lintzén who came in 3rd place in the Vasaloppet (an annual long distance, 90 km cross-country ski race marathon), is researching on the subject snow mechanics at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural resources engineering at the Luleå University of technology. On Saturday, she participates in SVT's Winter Studio, both on her research on snow and about her elite skiing.
Over a million viewers usually watch the TV program the Winter Studio on SVT. Anyone who turns on the TV this weekend has a chance to meet Nina Lintzén from Luleå, now a -researcher at the Luleå University of Technology and hear her story, both about her research at LTUand about snow mechanics, and her focus on long-distance races in skiing in Sweden and internationally.
- The reason why I am in the Winter Studio is the highly topical issue of loss of winter when it should be winter season and about our research on it, and how I manage on my own without either practical or financial support to reach the world elite when it comes to long distance races on skiing, says Nina Lintzén.
Nina Lintzén´s research topic on LTU is snow mechanics. LTU is the only university in Sweden engaged in that topic. Right now she study mechanical properties of snow, snow storage, manufacturing of artificial snow and snow cooling.
She has a master's degree in engineering physics at the university from 2003. In addition to research, she is practicing skiing at the elite level and is among the world elite, in terms of cross-country long distance, and roller skiing.
- There is not a "normal" training week. The work and other duties decide when and if I have time to exercise. In addition to my doctoral studies, I also run my own company with focus on sports-, fitness- and outdoor activities so it's off and on very busy, says Nina Lintzén.
Her biggest ski success is a 3rd place in the Vasaloppet, 3rd place in the roller-skating World Cup and a 9th place on the roller-skating World Cup.
- The advantage of doctoral studies is that you can spread out working and do not necessarily have to be in place in the office from 7-16 each day. The hardest thing is to make the time to suffice, and to make it work both practical and economical to go all the races, she says.
She says that the long-distance race World Cup is as proffessional as the regular World Cup where the best skiers come with large teams of swiwaxers, leaders, doctors and other service people.
- Getting around on your own is a bit difficult, but it's fun nonetheless to be in the top. My long-term sport goals is to win Vasaloppet and the long distance World Cup. With the conditions that I have now, I will probably not succeed, but I'm working on improving the conditions so I'll see how it goes.
- The goal of my research is to become PhD in snow within four years, says Nina Lintzén.