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Klæbo and Iversen protected themselves with glasses before leaving for the Olympics

GARDERMOEN (VG) After several days of uncertainty and fear of infection, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo and Emil Iversen were finally in place at Gardermoen, ready to set course for Beijing.

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On Monday evening, a charter aircraft will take off from Gardermoen, where, among other things, Norwegian cross-country skiers, alpinists, combined runners and jumpers will be on board the aircraft.

The men’s national team in cross-country skiing is among those who will travel, where Johannes Høsflot Klæbo is the biggest star. Inside the airport, he and Emil Iversen were both photographed with glasses, where especially the glasses of Høsflot Klæbo covered large parts of the face.

– Extra is possible to prevent infection. But that is not my input. I have not asked them to wear glasses, says national team doctor Øystein Andersen to VG.

To Dagbladet, the national team doctor says that a study has shown that it “can help”.

– It is not a requirement from us, but a personal preference, he continues.

Emil Iversen had the following explanation for the choice of glasses:

– Inspired by Elton John, says Iversen to the press.

Last week it became known that sprint national team coach Arild Monsen has tested positive for the corona virus, and on Thursday Simen Hegstad Krüger tested positive. There has also been an infection on the women’s team.

Anne Kjersti Kalvå and Heidi Weng both tested positive in Seiser Alm. Ragnhild Haga, who was listed as a reserve, has been brought into the Olympic squad to replace Kalvå, while national team coach Ole Morten Iversen told VG earlier Monday that they are still waiting for Heidi Weng.

– We are waiting the longest for Heidi. As long as there is a tiny opportunity, we will wait. She is one of our few podium candidates at three thousand, so we are waiting for that, Iversen emphasizes.

Ole Morten Iversen was among a large contingent of Norwegian leaders, practitioners and media people who took off from Gardermoen on Monday at 9.30 pm.

The Olympic flame is lit on 4 February, and the first cross-country exercise is a 15-kilometer joint start with a change of skis for women on 5 February. The men go 30 kilometers joint start with ski change on 6 February.

CORONA TEST: Johannes Høsflot Klæbo and the other athletes were tested at the airport before departure.

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