Skofterud and Johnsrud-Sundby forced to skip Tour de Ski

27 December 2011 22:28
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Norwegian athletes Vibeke Skofterud and Martin Johnsrud Sundby are unable to attend this year's Tour de Ski. Skofterud is struggling with her airways, Johnsrud Sundby has cold and they will both be missing out on the major Cross-Country season's  highlight.

"It is sad for Vibeke who have had a very good season to date. She needs to cancel based on clear recommendations from our medical team. The problem is in the sinuses and airways" women's coach Egil Kristiansen said.

"For Martin's part we are talking about a cold. This is unfortunate for Martin, but now he must be healthy and fit to the rest of the season", Trond Nystad, coach for the men's team said. 

The Norwegian team is as following:

Men:
Petter Northug jr., Strindheim IL
Sjur Røthe, Voss IL
Petter Eliassen, Byåsen IL
Eldar Rønning, Skogn IL
Ola Vigen Hattestad, Ørje IL
Niklas Dyrhaug, Tydal IL
Kristian Tettli Rennemo, Leksvik IL

Ladies:
Marit Bjørgen, Rognes IL
Therese Johaug, IL Nansen
Marthe Kristoffersen, IL Varden
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, IL Heming
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Gjøvik Skiklubb
Heidi Weng, IL i BUL
Kristin Størmer Steira, IL Forsøk