While Norwegian sports fans were cheering their athletes’ record medal haul at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, not everyone performed up to expectations. Among them were skiers on the mens’ teams, including stars like Martin Johnsrud Sundby.
He needed some time to himself after failing to win any medals in the men’s tough 50-kilometer race on Saturday. He’d been among those favoured, along with some of his other teammates, but none of them placed in the top three spots that went to Iivo Niskanen of Finland and two Russian skiers.
Speed skater Håvard Holmefjord Lortentzen also missed out on a gold medal just before the weekend but claimed he was happy with silver. Slalom skier Henrik Kristoffersen was not, after he lost the gold for which he was favoured earlier in the week.
There were some other disappointments for the Norwegians, which some commentators had claimed could take up to 50 medals before the Olympics began. It ended with 39: 14 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze, and with cross-country queen Marit Bjørgen emerging as the greatest Winter Olympian of all time after she took gold in the women’s 30-kilometer race on Sunday.