Virus outbreak spreading in Norway’s cross-country ski team

Jan 26, 2022, 2:13 PM | Updated: Jan 27, 2022, 10:49 am
Ottawa Senators' Artem Anisimov, from Russia, during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 7, 2021, in ...

Ottawa Senators' Artem Anisimov, from Russia, during an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 7, 2021, in Calgary, Canada. Former NHL forward Artem Anisimov is out of isolation after testing negative for the coronavirus and has rejoined the Russian team ahead of the Beijing Olympics, the country’s hockey federation said Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Larry MacDougal)

(AP Photo/Larry MacDougal)

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak is spreading inside the powerful Norwegian cross-country skiing team, with double Olympic champion Simen Hegstad Kruger becoming the third skier in two days to test positive ahead of the Beijing Games.

Norway’s team doctor, Øystein Andersen, told a news conference Thursday that Hegstad Kruger was self isolating and was not showing any symptoms. His positive test comes after two-time overall World Cup winner Heidi Weng was among two members of Norway’s women’s team to test positive on Wednesday. It means two big medal contenders for Norway’s perennially dominant cross-country team are now major doubts for Beijing.

“It’s an extreme situation,” Andersen said from the team’s training camp in the Italian Alpine resort of Seiser Alm. “We have to limit the damage as best we can.”

Hegstad Kruger won gold in the 30-kilometer skiathlon race and silver in the 15K event at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, where he also helped Norway win the men’s relay.

The entire men’s team has been in isolation in Seiser Alm after head coach Arild Monsen tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Norway on Monday. The team is planning to fly back to Norway on Sunday and then leave for Beijing on Monday, and it was still unclear whether Hegstad Kruger and Weng will be able to join them later.

People who have recently been infected with the virus are required to submit five negative tests to enter China for the Olympics, which start on Feb. 4.

Earlier Thursday, the Russian hockey federation said former NHL forward Artem Anisimov is out of isolation after testing negative for the coronavirus and has rejoined its Olympic team.

Anisimov has the most NHL experience of any player on the Russian roster with 771 regular-season games played for four teams across 13 seasons, most recently for the Ottawa Senators in 2020-21.

The federation first reported he was positive for the virus late Wednesday in a statement to state news agency Tass, saying he had been replaced on the 25-man roster by Vladimir Tkachev and moved to the taxi squad.

“Artem Anisimov has provided a negative test and spent the required time in quarantine at Novogorsk (training base) and joined up with the team today,” team manager Ilya Kovalchuk said on the federation website Thursday.

The Russians are the defending champions after winning gold in Pyeongchang four years ago. They open the tournament Feb. 9 against Switzerland, and they also face the Czech Republic and Denmark in group play.

There was no information on when Anisimov tested positive or how long he spent in isolation.

There have been five reported virus cases among Russian Olympic athletes this week, with one in figure skating, one in skeleton and two on the same bobsled crew.


More AP Winter Olympics: and

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Real Madrid fans cheer in front of the Eiffel Tower Paris, Friday, May 27, 2022. Liverpool and Real...
Associated Press

Liverpool, Real Madrid play Champions League final in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of soccer fans were descending on Paris to see Liverpool and Real Madrid meet in the Champions League final later Saturday. There are milestones at stake in the Stade de France. Carlo Ancelotti is looking to become the first coach to win European club football’s top prize four times, adding to […]
1 day ago
Fans watch from the stands as cars enter the first turn during the final practice for the Indianapo...
Associated Press

Indy 500 fans find comfort in milk, bricks, Snake Pit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Wearing a green ” I Call In Sick for Carb Day ” T-shirt, Rick Leppert took a gulp of beer and studied a scene he didn’t quite recognize in his first trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway since before the pandemic. A betting lounge where bros hang out and need no bookie to […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Frey, Bertram lift Wolverines past Maryland 15-8

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Matt Frey had three hits and drove in four runs, Riley Bertram had four hits with three RBI and fifth-seeded Michigan defeated top-seeded Maryland 15-8 on Friday night in the Big Ten Tournament. It was the second-straight game that ended after midnight for the Wolverines (30-25), who play the winner of […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Tennessee tops LSU 5-2 behind Beck, Dollander

Jordan Beck drove in two runs and four pitchers combined on a six-hitter to give top-seeded Tennessee a 5-2 win over fourth-seeded LSU in the SEC Tournament on Friday night. Beck had an RBI triple in the first inning before scoring on a wild pitch and drew a bases-loaded walk in the second. That was […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

UCLA rallies to beat Cal 7-5 in 10th in Pac 12 tourney

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Ethan Gourson and Kyle Karros had back-to-back RBI singles in the 10th inning and third-seeded UCLA stayed alive in the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament with a 9-7 win over sixth-seeded Cal on Friday night. The Bruins forced extra innings on the scorching night with the game in the upper 90s most of […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

K-State eliminates Texas Tech 6-5 in 11 with squeeze bunt

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Johnson scored on a squeeze bunt by Josh Nicoloff in the 11th inning and seventh-seeded Kansas State stayed alive in the Big 12 Tournament with a 6-5 victory over second-seeded Texas Tech on Friday night. Johnson opened the inning by reaching second base when Easton Murrell dropped his fly ball […]
1 day ago
Virus outbreak spreading in Norway’s cross-country ski team