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Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen. Photo: Getty Images
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen. Photo: Getty Images


Eurobonus time saver for high-flying ski star

The Norwegian cross-country ski team is constantly on the road, training and competing. Sometimes it’s difficult for them to find the time to unpack between trips.

Name: Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen
Age: 28
Occupation: Cross-country skier and medical student
Education: 1 year in health management at BI Norwegian Business School, 2.5 years of medical school
Lives: Oslo
Number of days traveling each year: About 200
Member since: 2006
Website: astridjacobsen.com
Instagram: astriduj

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Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, 28, has six World Championship medals under her belt and 11 Norwegian championship medals. She also won gold in the relay at the 2015 World Ski Championships in Falun.

What is an average day with the national ski team like?
Breakfast is at 7:30am, followed by a morning training session. After lunch and some rest, we’re out training again. Then it’s dinner and some time for ourselves. Around 9pm, we have a meeting and supper before bed. The days fly by and we have a lot of fun.

How many days do you spend traveling?
Around 200 days a year. I barely have time to wash my clothes between trips – and they go straight back in the suitcase as soon as they’re clean.

Where do you travel in your leisure time?
I go to the mountains, preferably to Skei­kampen, or to visit family.

How do you occupy yourself on the plane?
I listen to music, read or write. If we travel early, I might just go to sleep.

Where do you prefer to sit?
By the window.

Do you have any packing tips?
Use separate bags for different things so that you can find them easily.

You have a EuroBonus Gold card. Is that important? 
Yes! It saves me time at the airport. I can take all my equipment with me and relax in the lounge. Having my tickets on my Euro­Bonus card gives me peace of mind, and the energy I save by not worrying helps me to ski better.

What is your goal?
To be best when it matters most, and to make the podium.


Text: Inga Ragnhild Holst

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