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.