Nordic Skiing/Biathlon Thread

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Not a worthy ending for the games.

It is amuzing though a bit that Bolshu did EXACTLY the same manouver as Maki in Lahti - and Maki was crusified by Russians as the biggest villain of the skiing world - now Bolshu seems to be the victim. Hypocrisy is really strong here.
 
This is beyond ridiculous. Kläbo was the strongest, get over it. Everyone else can take a look in the mirror.

It was a mistake to reward Mäki, it was a mistake to reward Bolshunov, and institutionalising this kind of behaviour risks putting-jakobsen-to-the-barriers the norm.
 
This is beyond ridiculous. Kläbo was the strongest, get over it. Everyone else can take a look in the mirror.

It was a mistake to reward Mäki, it was a mistake to reward Bolshunov, and institutionalising this kind of behaviour risks putting-jakobsen-to-the-barriers the norm.

Then maybe he should've went left. I agree, the rule needs to be changed, but I'd love to see it written in a clear way.
 
This is beyond ridiculous. Kläbo was the strongest, get over it. Everyone else can take a look in the mirror.

It was a mistake to reward Mäki, it was a mistake to reward Bolshunov, and institutionalising this kind of behaviour risks putting-jakobsen-to-the-barriers the norm.

Yeah. Regardless of the final outcome it's time to try to review the rules so that blocking is not favored.
 
Course designers' fault. The course narrows.

I don't blame people for going for suboptimal lanes to block, it's allowable in the current rules and otherwise we may as well roll out the red carpet for the better sprinters. However, here the course clearly closes into the sprinting lanes, and Bolshunov picked his lane to make Klæbo have to baulk to pick a new line, just as Mäki did.

However, with Mäki in Lahti, the problem with the course was how close the sprint lanes were to the corner meaning to get in lane in time Mäki had to veer dramatically across the course, but Mäki was ahead so per the way the rules were interpreted, Bolshunov has to yield and choose another lane. Here, Klæbo wasn't behind Bolshunov and both therefore had the right to contest the right to that lane. Bolshunov had the chance to pick another lane without yielding and Klæbo did not, but they collided before the sprint lanes began so there isn't any one person who is directly to blame for leaving their lane.
 
Now that I've read the rule, it's pretty obvious why Klaebo was DQed. In fact, now I feel he was very hypocritic when he approached Bolshunov after the finish, knowing he robbed him of a gold medal.

The rule:

343.10.2 For all other competitions, when overtaking occurs, competitors must not cause any obstruction. The responsibility for a correct passing without obstruction is on the overtaking skier. The overtaking skier must have his/her skis in front of the skis of the overtaken skier before skiing his/her best line.

Klaebo was still 'skating' alongside Bolshunov.
 
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He was behind the two and Bolshunov was obviously hampered by the contact Klæbo made.
On the other side Bolshunov had Klæbo on the outside and chose a lane that he knew would either make Klæbo stop or run into him. Since he himself didn't stop when Mäki did the same to him he should accept the consequences now.
 
This must be weird for Iversen and Krüger. Iversen was happy with 2nd place. Now he gets a gold he doesn't think he has won.

Bolshunov refuses to put the silver medal around his neck.

This is the strangest podium ceremony I've seen. No one seems really happy.
 
On the other side Bolshunov had Klæbo on the outside and chose a lane that he knew would either make Klæbo stop or run into him. Since he himself didn't stop when Mäki did the same to him he should accept the consequences now.

If Mäki was in the right for what he did in Lahti than Bolshunov was in the right for what he did today. Otherwise it’s hypocritical to criticize him.
 
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