RUKA, Finland (Reuters) – Temperatures under minus 20 levels centigrade noticed Norway’s cross-country ski staff and Finland’s Iivo Niskanen skip Sunday’s males’s World Cup 15km freestyle race, leaving the sphere free for Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov to cruise to victory.
The freezing circumstances in Finland noticed Sunday’s racing postponed till the early afternoon however, with the Beijing Olympics on the horizon in February, many racers most popular to withdraw from the competitors.
“They’ve warmed up and made an analysis. It is bitingly chilly, and for that motive they’ve chosen to skip the race for his or her well being. We’re not risking any illness,” Espen Bjervig, supervisor for Norway’s cross-country staff instructed reporters.
Niskanen, who received Olympic gold in Pyeongchang in 2018 within the males’s 50km race, summed the scenario up briskly. “It is not too lengthy to the Olympics, minus 23 is an excessive amount of for me. A easy selection,” he instructed Norwegian newspaper VG.
(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)