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02-18-2014, 02:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Wetcoaster View Post
Norway, with 13 medals (4 gold), is getting hammered by critics at home for not producing.
Norway may have won one more Olympic medal than Canada so far in Sochi — and the same number of gold medals as Canada — but the tiny Scandinavian nation (population five million) is in a tizzy over what the entire country regards as a national humiliation at these Winter Games.
The expectation of the sports-mad Norwegian public was that its team, which has won more Winter Olympic medals than any other country, would prove it was the best in the world in Sochi by winning about 16 gold medals. With the Games now half over, it has only won four.
And the culprits being fingered?
Norway is doing worse in almost every sport compared with how it did in Canada four years ago. While its alpine racers and men’s curling team have been weaker than expected, most of the hysteria has been directed at its cross-country and biathlon athletes, who are revered at home as Canada’s hockey players are. They have been blamed for not racing well enough.

Anger is being directed at its team of ski waxers. They are considered to be the most knowledgeable in the world, but have been unable to figure out how to prepare for the warm snow conditions that have existed here since these Olympics began.

The outrage has reached such heights that Norway’s lead waxer, Knut Nystad, told one journalist: “Take us out behind the shed and shoot us” and told another newspaper that “my wife has (jokingly) told me that the best I can hope for now is that they fire me.”
Norway not medaling at all in cross-country relay is very much equal to Canada not medaling in men's hockey and perhaps getting just bronze in women's, it is a huuuuge upset. It feels even better that Sweden won gold in both of them, as Norway have been pretty obnoxious with their cross-country medals the last decade.

After the failure at the men's relay too, the Norwegian head coach for Cross-country answered some questions:

Nystad had responded to questions from Norwegian and international press in around 20 minutes after he had arrived at Aftenposten reporter.

- What have you to say to the nation, asked the journalist.

- No, we must apologize for the poor results. We can't do anything else.

- But what is the explanation?

- If you have an explanation you can go to the wax-shed and tell us. We can pay you quite a bit for that.

- Because?

- Yes, I assume you have an answer as you are so bloody intelligent.

- Is that all you have to say?

- Yes.

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