Canadian organizers of a major international skiing competition this week didn’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for athletes arriving at the airport in Ottawa. Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby, ranked as the best skier in the world, was among those left waiting for hours until someone finally came to pick him up and take him to the team’s hotel.
Sundby seemed to have been forgotten along with members of the Italian national ski team when he arrived at the airport late Sunday night. By the time he finally got to bed at his hotel, he’d been traveling for around 24 hours.
“I had to laugh when I sat down on the floor of the airport along with everyone else and waited (nearly three hours) for the transport we’d been told would be arranged,” Sundy told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “It would have been nice to be picked up.”
Vidar Løfshus, head of the Norwegian national ski team, told NRK that “some sour emails” have been sent to the organizers of Ski Tour Canada, which gets underway on Tuesday. By then, skiing stars like Sundby and Therese Johaug need to be ready to ski sprints in Gatineau followed by 13- and 22-kilometer races in Montreal on Wednesday and several others in Quebec and Canmore through Saturday.