But, how did we get here?
I tried skis on for the first time at age 10. Playing football with my local club DBK and cross country was a way to keep training with my friends during off-season. My parents bought me my first pair and I tried a bit in their backyard guided by some friends. I quickly liked it and decided to join DBK’s ski group to improve and train with the guys. Being a bit more tan than most Norwegians needless to say some were surprised and pleased to see a non-native Norwegian practicing the national sport. This is also the case for the reporter from Drammens Tidende who one day spotted my father and I skiing and deciced to write a story about us, the title was allready given: Speedy Goncalves on fiberglass skis
Little did the reporter, myself or my father know at the time this picture was taken, what was to come from being a cross country skier from Portugal. And to answer what we all want to know when we look at that picture: Yes, my father still has the jacket. Smashing!
Training with DBK went on for a good couple of years and then my family and I moved so I unfortunately had to leave the club. Despite this I kept on skiing for myself just for fun and being outdoors in the winter. Until 2016 I had never done any races. Thanks to a good friend who in 2015 convinced me to enter in the well known “Birkebeinerrennet” I participated in my first race in 2016. Throughout my 28 years I’ve allways had a great passion for physical activity and sports. Football, cross country, weightlifting, cycling and running are some of the sports I have practiced and still enjoy.
I look forward to sharing the rest of my journey with you, thank you for reading. Feel free to leave your comments and contact me:)