The German men’s relay team sat on the sideline and drank beer while Norwegians, Italians, Swedes, Frenchmen and other nations struggled through the 4 x 10 kilometer relay in warm conditions in Falun, Sweden on Sunday.
FIS and Vegard Ulvang disliked the German â€stunt.” They choose not to race the final World Cup race of the season. Instead they brought several kegs of beer and lined up along the course in the sunshine.
– This is not cool, but it’s not mandatory to race. It’s voluntary to start or not, so it’s not much we can do in this case, said Ulvang on Norwegian television.
Overall World Cup winner Tobias Angerer didn't see any problem with their decision not to race.
– We have had a long and good season. The batteries are empty, so we are choosing to stay here today, said Angerer to German television, while a sequence of Germans were cheering for Odd-Bjrn Hjelmeset (of Norway) and drinking beer was shown in the background.