12 days ago came the shocking news that Heidi Weng (30) and Anne Kjersti Kalvå (29) were infected with corona. Now they are back in Norway.
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The two cross-country skiers spent ten days in isolation in Seiser Alm in Italy.
National team doctor Ove Feragen confirms to VG that Weng and Kalvå have finished their isolation period, and that both are currently in Norway.
Feragen says that they started training when they were in Italy. When asked if it is relevant for any of them to travel to China, he will only answer as follows:
– The general rule is that you must have four negative tests before you can enter Beijing. The tests must be done during the last four days before departure.
Ragnhild Haga is in place in Beijing, which Anne Kjersti Kalvås replaces, so her place is “taken”. But if Weng does not travel, the national team management has stated that Kalvå is still relevant for the Olympics.
– If Heidi’s course does not go smoothly, then it is Anne Kjersti we can send down. She will be Weng’s replacement. Now we have to take one day at a time. We have a hope of getting Heidi down, she deserves the little straw, said national team coach Ole Morten Iversen to Discovery on January 29th.
– Not a dream scenario
National team doctor Ove Feragen was responsible for following up the athletes during the training stay in Seiser Alm.
Feragen says that the corona-infected skiers were already training while in isolation in Italy. Without wanting to go into details about it, he says that the time in isolation went into them.
– It is clear that ten days in a hotel room is a challenge for everyone. It is not a dream scenario as long as you want to be prepared for the Olympics, says Feragen.
After Weng and Kalvå were out of isolation, it is the national team doctor Øystein Andersen who has had the daily contact with the athletes.