World Cup races face cancellations

Norwegian cross-country ski team makes early call to pull out of finals

Norwegian cross-country world cup race

Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix
Therese Johaug was the clear World Cup leader.

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On March 10, Norway made the decision to not send any competitors to the scheduled World Cup events in cross-country skiing in the United States and Canada in the near future.

The coronavirus situation was the background for the decision.

The cross-country skiing committee made the call together with the cross-country skiing leadership.

“We have a responsibility to prioritize health above performance when considering the risk of spreading the virus,” said Torbjørn Skogstad, member of the Norwegian Ski Association’s cross-country committee.

Two days later on March 12, the World Cup sprint finals to be held in Minneapolis on March 17 were canceled.

The Russian Alexander Bolshunov led the men’s World Cup, ahead of Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, while Therese Johaug was the clear leader among the women.

This article originally appeared in the March 20, 2020, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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