– It is clearly a fiasco when the skier who everyone thought would win the gold gets knocked out in the prologue. I was a little shocked when it happened, says the Norwegian women’s team coach Svein Tore Samdal.
But this isn’t the first time Bjorgen has struggled in the prologue.
-She has numerous times struggled to qualify in classic-sprint prologues. But that’s the way it is. She felt good before the start but had a little too much wax on her skis so it went a little slow, says Samdal.
He was quick to run over and console his athlete.
-It was a tough moment for her, no doubt about it. I tried to focus on the positive. She just has to look forward and focus on the positive. She does have, on top of everything,
3 medals from the championships, says the coach.