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“It’s all about taking care of my body and making sure I’m as prepared as I want to”

Cornelia Fjellstedt (Sweden) will play her third WFC and is on the hunt for her third gold medal after Tampere (2015) and Bratislava (2017).

Cornelia Fjellstedt has played in the Swedish national team for many years and is at the same time one of IKSU’s core players, a team that has consistently been at the top of the SSL in the past years. Right now, her season is going very well with only one loss right at the start of the season.

Does your position in the field at your club differ from how you have to play in the national team?

Yes, a bit. We play a different game system in Sweden and in IKSU. In IKSU I’m a defender most of the time and in Sweden, I’m more of a center. 

Which teams did you play against at the WFCQ and how were these matches?

We played against France, Denmark, and Norway. I would say that despite the big goal differences between us and the teams they fought really well. For us, it was a big game advantage but we managed to do something good of it. 

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Cornelia Fjellstedt during the EFT 2019 (Per Wiklund)

In the group stage, you meet Slovakia, Czechia, Latvia. What are your thoughts towards these games, and what are your goals?

It will be three difficult games for sure. Latvia could steal some points, Slovakia showed in Bratislava 2017 that they are a good team and Czech Republic will surely do what they can to beat us and eventually aim for the final. Our goal will be to win the group and prepare ourselves for the playoffs and hopefully a final.

How is your personal and team preparation for the WFC?

For me, it’s all about taking care of my body and make sure I’m as prepared as I want to. I try to spend time with family and friends as well to get some extra energy. We as a team will go to our pre-camp in Uppsala for a few days and then Spain to focus on making the team prepared as good as possible. 

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Fjellstedt (middle) before EFT match (Per Wiklund)

How and when did you start playing floorball? Have you played any other sports?

My father had some friends who started a team for their sons when I was about six years old. So I played with that successful team from that early age until I was 12 years. Mainly I’ve played two sports, floorball and football but I’ve always loved playing tennis, golf and do other sports. My family always liked sports as well and been active so it’s been a natural part of my childhood to do sports.

What was your best floorball game ever?

Tough question… Playing the World Cup Finals is special but for me, my best performance was probably the Swedish Finals in 2018 when my team IKSU won the gold for the second time in a row. I played maybe better than ever and the team did a fantastic performance so it was a special game!

The WFC 2019 will be played between December 7-15 2019 in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Sweden has games on December 7 (Slovakia), 9 (Czech Republic) and 10 (Latvia).

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