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Norwegians Fearing American Olympics

Translated by Brian Olsen
October 17, 2001

Many Norwegian athletes are second guessing their trips next year to the Salt Lake Winter Olympics out of fear that a reaction could occur in response to the recent retalition attacks on Afghanistan. The Winter Olympics is an event many feel could be targeted even though military troops and extra police protection has been ordered to the city for next February.

Among these athletes is Kristen Skjeldal, who stated that "the ski committee plans on tackling this problem." Erling Jevne is also worried about traveling to the United States, as is Hilde Gjermundshaug. All three are members of the Norwegian National Cross Country Ski Team.

Speedskater Ådne Søndrål is a member of the Norwegian Athletic Association's executive committee and he said to NRK Sport that he thinks that there is reason to be concerned. It was also reported that athletes will not be pressured into traveling to the United States for the Games if they are too terrified to make the trip. All must agree that this would be a significant loss for the Salt Lake City Games.


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