Olympic skater misses gold medal opportunity after wrong turn

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Norwegian figure skater Jarl Magnus Reaper had high hopes of coming to Beijing for 2022 Winter OlympicsAnd But a positive COVID test and one false role have weakened that hope.

Three-time world champion Reber was nearly a minute ahead of the North’s Great 10km joint hill event on Tuesday when he took a wrong turn on the track, heading towards the finish line rather than turning around the last two laps. .

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“I was actually so focused on style and speed, and I was staring down at the bottom and all of a sudden when I was raising my head, I saw the finish line and then I thought, OK – that’s not my Olympic,” he told reporters. via Reuters.

Norway’s Jarl Magnus Reaper competes in the Gundersen Senior Singles/10km Ski Jump competition, on February 15, 2022 at the Zhangjiakou National Ski Jump Center, during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

But Reaper’s mistake was more of a physical problem than a mental lapse. He tested positive upon arrival in Beijing and was only cleared on Monday

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“It was more of a physical problem,” he said. “When I’m in a normal state, the mental part is there normally. I wasn’t able to skate normally. I was feeling so bad.

He continued, “I had two days of severe symptoms with Corona and started training a little, and I am building it a little to perform today.” “But I’ve been locked inside for two weeks, and I’m not breathing fresh air and I’m not friends with snow and cold weather here. So, well, the body isn’t working. I’m usually one of the better skaters too, and today I was just bad.”

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Norway's Jarl Magnus Reber competes during the Gundersen HS109 / 7.5 km individual race at the FIS Nordic World Cup Combined Men Seefeld on January 28, 2022 in Seefeld, Austria.

Norway’s Jarl Magnus Reber competes during the Gundersen HS109 / 7.5 km individual race at the FIS Nordic World Cup Combined Men Seefeld on January 28, 2022 in Seefeld, Austria.
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Reaper jumped 142 meters (466 feet) and earned 139.8 points in the first stage of the competition. The impressive jump gave him a 44-second lead in the cross-country race, but he finished eighth after his unfortunate run in the cross-country part.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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