Saturday, May 21

– This stings a bit more


TOKYO / OSLO (VG) The ring is closed for Olaf Tufte (45). 25 years and a day after the final B of the Atlanta Olympics, he rowed his last international race in the final B in Tokyo. Now the race is definitely over for the Vestfold farmer. Then came the tears.

EMOTIONAL: Olaf Tufte fought back tears in the interview area after the disappointing Olympic final. During the interview, tears could be seen rolling down the veteran’s face.

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– It’s sad. Dte would have been sad if I had won a medal too, but it’s a bit more difficult when you don’t. There are not many things in life that I have failed at. This hurts a bit more, says Olaf Tufte in VG’s question after ninth place out of just 10 boats at the Olympics.

The tears came after the Olympic gold medals in Athens and Beijing, they came after the failure at the London Olympics, they came when last year she said yes to one last Olympiad in Overtd, and they came after her last 2,000 meters of level. international.

– There was a lot of excitement. The last trip with the boys, the last Olympic race …, says Tufte and continues:

– The last trip with three guys you’ve fallen in love with. I know they hated me along the way, but I know they love me too.

– Are there also the last tears, asks Aftenposten?

– There are many emotions. This is when it means no. I want to thank the guys for a great three years that have also been educational for me.

Olaf Tufte denies that he wants any role in the later careers of Erik Solbakken, Oscar Helvig and Martin Helseth.

– I’ll sit on the combine and make sure they have bread on the table, replies the farmer from Nykirke by Horten.

The contract of the director of the national team Johan Flodin expires after the Olympics. Four-boat coach Kjetil Undseth makes it clear to VG that he will not be the replacement. Tufte also has no ambitions in that direction.

– It is not relevant at all. Not if you ask me or the practitioners, does he answer.

The veteran is clearly marked by what was not an optimal ending to a meaningful career. Instead of fighting for the medals, it was a battle for seventh place in the B final for veteran Tufte and the three Olympic rookies.

There was the Norwegian boat number three, which corresponds to the ninth place overall. Thus, Tufte ends his career touching his worst Olympic result: ninth place at the 2012 London Olympics, then in individual sculls.

Afterward, Tufte was clearly marked. He sat down in the boat and covered his head with his hands.

– Then it was the dream that was broken, which is not fun to take with you as a conclusion. The plan was to row in Final A with the boys, so I feel like I’ve failed them, says Tufte.

Tears roll down his cheeks as he thanks the family, whom he says he is proud to have been by his side through all the ups and downs.

He finished eighth at Lake Lanier 25 years ago, when he debuted in his first Olympics. Since then, it has been Olympic gold, two World Cup golds and a total of 11 medals in international medals for the greatest of the Norwegian squad from Tokyo.

– This is a race for the history books, said Discovery + commentator Stian Kjennvold as the rowers sat in the boats and waited for the starting shot.

The Norwegian boat went a bit wrong and finished early at the rear, as did the first heat and the next round of collecting, which ended in disappointment.

After a somewhat dismal start in the B final at Sea Forest Waterway, where China secured early control, Tufte & co. the years caught up and they rowed up to second place.

In the end, Norway crossed the finish line as number three in the final B. Olaf Tufte announces that he will row NM for his club, the Horten rowing club. It will be with a single paddle. Just like the Olympic debut at the Atlanta Olympics 25 years ago.

– I will row “four without” (mate) for the club. The ship in which I started my career. With Ole Kristian, Vidar and Geir with Bjørn Inge as coach, says Olaf Tufte.

The Olympic ring is over.


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