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Scary Scenes In The Winter Olympics As Norwegian Athlete Collapses At Finish Line

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Scary Scenes In The Winter Olympics As Norwegian Athlete Collapses At Finish Line

The 10km biathlon at the Winter Olympic Games has taken a shocking turn after a Norwegian athlete collapsed at the finish line.

After completing the gruelling cross-country ski and rifle shooting event, Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold was so exhausted that she fell to her knees and required immediate medical attention.

The 25-year-old was actually in contention for a medal at one point in the race, but became so tired that the other competitors caught up to her.

It was good to see a number of other athletes rush to her aid too before she was lifted away from the track by staff.

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Norway's team doctor Lars Kolsrud confirmed that he collapse was simply due to exhaustion.

"She went empty on top of the hill and hardly got to the finishing line," Kolsrud told reporters.

"When she got there, she was very sad and sorry, because she lost this medal and she was all empty for power.

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"She was not unconscious but she was very, very exhausted. She said nothing except: 'I've spoiled everything.'"

Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold. Credit: Alamy
Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold. Credit: Alamy

While a medal did go amiss, thankfully Tandrevold is now on the mend.

"I just think I pushed my limits in the altitude and in a tough race, but since I've had issues with my heart earlier in my career, we need to be careful and we need to check it out further," she said.

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"I'm not allowed to compete more in these Olympics so I will go home to Norway."

Scary, scary scenes indeed.

Let's hope she makes a speedy recovery.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Winter Olympics news, Australia, Winter Olympics

Max Sherry
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