Simen Hegstad Krüger thanks for the support after the positive corona test.
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– Heavy message yesterday, writes Simen Hegstad Krüger on Instagram, just a day after it became known that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
The 28-year-old has been in great shape earlier this season, and won two races in the World Cup before Christmas. He was among the gold favorites in several exercises for the Olympics in Beijing next month, but it is now highly uncertain whether he will have the opportunity to run any races in the Olympics.
The championship in China starts on February 4, and the first cross-country exercise for the men – 30 kilometers joint start with ski change – is already on February 6.
It was an exercise Krüger won four years ago, but it is already clear that he will not get the opportunity to defend the gold.
The 28-year-old then fell at the very beginning of the race, and in the Instagram post he has attached a picture of just that and himself celebrating the gold.
– I have fallen and got up earlier, and I will do it again, writes Hegstad Krüger.
He thanks at the same time for all the nice messages, before concluding:
– I’ll be back! (I’ll be back!)
On Monday it became known that sprint coach Arild Monsen tested positive for the coronavirus, and on Wednesday the national ski team was able to confirm that the two female athletes Heidi Weng and Anne Kjersti Kalvå had tested positive.
While Monsen tested positive after returning to Norway, the three athletes have all tested positive at the national team’s high camp in Italian Seiser Alm.
After Monsen’s positive test, the Norwegian cross-country masters were defined as close contacts, and the trip to Beijing was then postponed from 27 January to 31 January. After the positive tests of Weng and Kalvå, the women’s journey was also postponed. The plan is now for the men to fly to Norway on 30 January, and then fly to China on 31 January, while the women will fly from Zurich on 1 February with a charter flight that goes directly to China.
Both troops are tested daily before departure.