12/26/2021 2:55 pm | UPDATED 12/26/2021 AT 3:01 PM
Crowned twice Olympic champion, the Norwegian Ingrid Flugstad Oestberg confirmed this Sunday that she was giving up a place for the Winter Olympics organized next February in Beijing for medical reasons.
Norway will have to do without one of its headliners in Beijing. Through a press release, the Norwegian Ski Federation formalized Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg cross-country ski pass. Olympic team sprint champion alongside legend Marit Bjoergen at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games then crowned in the Norwegian relay four years later in Pyeongchang, the native of Gjovik justified her decision by health concerns. » The follow-up planned after the first races shows that his state of health does not support the race program « Oeystein Andersen, doctor of the Norwegian cross-country ski team, said in this press release. Fifth in the general classification of the World Cup during the 2019-2020 season, Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg had already had to give up the whole of last season, already for health reasons.
Oestberg: « Dreams are shattered »
A return to competition which allowed him to shine with his national team during the relay organized in Ruka during the opening round when his best individual result was eighth place in the 10km freestyle in Davos. » I worked hard, tried my best, felt good and enjoyed coming back on skis, entrusted Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg in the press release of his federation. Dreams are shattered, but I can only look ahead. “Regarding a date of return to competition, no details were given. « Ingvild has to take a longer break again, which unfortunately means the Olympics are coming too early.t, ”Oeystein Andersen said. A renunciation which is a real heartbreak for the Norwegian, who had given everything to resume competition for the Olympic events scheduled on the Zhangjiakou site.