“It’s not fun when you’re in bad shape.” Johannes Klebo completely failed at the start of the season
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The famous Norwegian started skiing with his left foot.
The first stage of the cross-country skiing World Cup was held in Finnish Ruka. Norwegians traditionally dominate men’s competitions. And Johannes Klebo was lost in the shadow of his compatriots. The main skier on the planet.
The new season opened with a sprint race. And there Klebo became the third. Why alone? Because this is his heritage and no one else’s. Last year’s sprint classification was left behind, with a big advantage over his rivals.
And then in the program of the first stage of the World Cup there was a classic. Klebo is not very friendly to her. 14th place in the time trial (10 km) and only 21st in the mass start (20 km). The results are depressing.
“I would like the season to start in 14 days. I need more than eight or nine days of training. 40 seconds behind is a lot, but I hope that in two or three weeks, when the Tour de Ski approaches, things will be different.
I need more time and training. We’ll finish this weekend and make a new plan. Of course, it’s not fun when you’re in bad shape,” the skier said after the time trial in an interview with VG.
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Johannes Klebo started the new season on the wrong foot.
Even before the preseason began, the five-time Olympic champion managed to get sick with coronavirus. Because of this, it was not possible to properly warm up and perform at the local tournament in Beitostolen (November 17-19). The illness ruined all the skier’s plans: poor preparation, unsuccessful start to the season. And now I am forced to miss the next phase of the World Cup. It will take place in Gällivare (Sweden) on December 2 and 3.
“The situation has gone from bad to worse. Today I will return home and I will not be in Gällivare. Maybe go back to Östersund or wait until Trondheim. We’ll see. I need to check what is happening with my body. And train more,” TV2 quotes Klebo.
Another skier fell ill with coronavirus:
Poroma, who withdrew from the World Cup mass exit, reported that he had contracted the coronavirus
The last time Klebo failed in his starts was more than a year ago.
At the Beijing Olympics, the Norwegian champion placed 40th in skiathlon. So Klebo was nine minutes behind the winner Alexander Bolshunov!
Surprisingly, the Norwegian’s failures were also related to his home track in Holmenkollen. Thus, at the World Cup in March 2018, Klebo was left without a job in the marathon. At the most prestigious ski distance, he was destined for the same 40th place and with almost a seven-minute loss.
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The situation was repeated a year later. There, with fifty dollars, she could only finish in 28th place.
Skeptics hide, fans offer prayers to the gods, and Klebo will take care of his health. He already occupies 14th position in the distance classification. In the general classification – fifth. Low for Klebo.
At the same time, missing the next stages will leave Johannes Klebo even further down the general classification. And you will have to get out not only of the functional pit, but also of the bottom of ski competitions.
The task is clear, now it is important to find a solution and come to the correct answer.