Emelie Forsberg: Trail Running’s Superstar

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 21, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 21, 2013 at 8:59 AM UTC

The Swedish runner burst onto the scene in the past year.

A little over a year ago, twenty-six-year-old Emelie Forsberg was hardly known on the trail running circuit, but now, the Swedish runner is considered to be a force to be reckoned with over hill and dale.

At this year’s European Skyrunning Championships, Forsberg dominated with three individual medals (two gold and one silver).

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Her success comes from her extensive background in outdoor activities, including orienteering, trekking, and foraging for berries. She took up trail running just five years ago.

“I love her joie de vivre, her simplicity, her relationship with nature,” Greg Vollet, manager of the Salomon Trailrunning team, told The Guardian’s Web site.

Vollet says that Forsberg takes a contrarian approach to some of her racing and training.”She started to talk to me about climbing projects; she didn’t talk to me about running at all. I was speechless,” he admitted.

Some argue that Forsberg is one example of the type of competitors that are representative of a new era of the sport.


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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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