fasttrack85 wrote:You appreciate all this even more when you think she is a part time athlete(obviously has to be in school) in a cold country.
I wonder if she will go pro after high school? Or will she do the NCAA thing?
There is no such thing as "going pro" in Swedish athletics which is based solely on clubs. I.e. you study in school or at university and in your free time you do sports in a club. There are no sports scholarships from colleges or universities for the simple reason that all education is free.
Of course most athletes go to university but they still compete for the club and never for the university. If you are a good athlete you can of course get some economic support from the club and earn some prize and sponsor money.
But there is no formal distinction between amateurs and pros - there are simply athletes, a few of them full-time but the majority part-time.
As for Irene she still has three more years in high school before she needs to worry about making any decision whether she wants to pursue some higher education.
Concerning her sprinting career she still has a very relaxed attitude with no specific goals. She is not the kind of person talking about winning the Olympics in the future. She is just taking everything in stride as it happens.
When recently asked about her ambitions for the future she didn't even mention the World Youth Championships this summer, probably because she isn't the kind of person making such long term plans. She is just a typical 15 years old enjoying what she is doing at the moment.
So currently the only specific plan is that she will run the Swedish Youth Championships the second weekend of March. As for the summer that is something she is not worrying the least about yet.