Simen Hegstad Krueger could not have predicted this is how he would win his first Olympic medal.
Krueger on Sunday collided with two Olympic Athletes from Russia – Andrey Larkov and Denis Spitsov – and broke a pole after the men’s 30km skiathlon got underway the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea.
At the 6km mark, Krueger found himself 37.8 seconds behind from the leader. And then magic happened.
The 24-year-old Norwegian erased an enormous deficit to take the lead with 5 kilometers left and win his first Olympic gold medal in his first Winter Olympics.
“I thought it was going to be the worst day of my life with the start I had,” Krueger told VG, “when I was lying on the ground with a broken pole and a ski through my bib number.”
And his amazing comeback didn’t go unnoticed, either. Not by his dad or by two Attacking Vikings.
“It was a little incredible, I have to say,” Lars Krueger told Dagbladet. “It was a nightmare start and the curtains started to fall. but that it ended like that is fantastic. Of course it’s huge. I am very, very proud.”
Norwegian alpine skier Kjetil Jansrud tweeted (translated into English): “Oh my god! From a fall to Olympic – what an inspiration. 3 x Norway! Sick.”
Aksel Lund Svindal, another member of the Attacking Vikings tweeted: “Sick!!! Krueger gives me goose bumps. 3 x Norway. Inspiring ;)”
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