Some questions that should have been asked in the Norwegian media regarding news events last two weeks.
1. The article in New York Times 140207:
He told me that two biathletes from those Games had also tested positive for the drug on the final day, but that he and the International Olympic Committee president at the time, Jacques Rogge, had decided against pursuing their cases because “it would raise a huge stink around the world.”
Considering that the Olympic games mentioned above was Salt Lake 2002, which was a clean sweep for Ole Einar Bjoerndalen winning all the gold medals, three individual and the relay – maybe a follow up question would have been expected in Norwegian media.
2. Reuters 140207:
Estonian Kristina Smigun was exposed as being doped during Torino Olympics.
Her younger sister and training partner, former skier Katrin Smigun is married to chief ski wax technician of the Norwegian Olympic team Knut Nystad. Yes, they met before Torino Olympics and Katrin stopped skiing 2006.
Sounds like most countries media would have asked their chief ski wax technician a few questions about his doped sister in law, but in Norway silence.
3. Deutsche Welle 140221;
German Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle has tested positive for a banned substance at the Sochi Olympics.
Evi took a silver in relay in Torino 2006 and a gold medal in team sprint Vancouver 2010. Both medals together with Claudia Künzel, now named Claudia Nystad. Claudia is married to Trond Nystad, the Head coach of the Norwegian men cross-country skiing team. Trond Nystad is brother to Knut Nystad.
So when the close skiing partner to the wife of Trond Nystad is caught for doping, you would have thought there would be some questions in the Norwegian media to the husband - the Head coach of the Norwegian men cross-country skiing team. Silence.
I’m not implying Trond and Knut would have had any knowledge, but in a normal media climate at least some questions would have been raised. You might wonder where Trond and Claudia now keep the gold medal from Vancoucer, on the wall or in a closet? You might wonder what the topic is in the Nystad/Smigun family dinners.