Olympian in “Race Against Time” Even Before Race Day

Icelandic skier Sturla Snær Snorrason is in the midst of a nail-biting race—but not the kind he was hoping to take part in during the Winter 2022 Olympics in Beijing, China. Vísir reports that Olympian was just released from isolation after having been diagnosed with COVID last Saturday. This means that Sturla Snær can begin training again but will not be able to actually compete unless he receives a negative PCR test result prior to his events, one of which is this weekend.

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Sturla, who competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, was one of Iceland’s flagbearers during the opening ceremonies last Friday, along with cross-country skier Kristrún Guðnadóttir. Following the ceremony, he began to experience COVID symptoms and was taken to a hospital in Beijing and put in isolation.

After a few days, Sturla began to feel better, but he also began to get bored. “There was no coffee or anything like that,” he remarked in an interview. “It wasn’t possible to go on any social media that we use at home. […] There wasn’t even a table and chair to sit at. You had to eat in bed and lie there all day. Not much in the way of entertainment, so I had to make my own.” To while away the time, therefore, Sturla decided to create a website for the road-marking company he runs with his father.

As of Friday, Sturla was still in quarantine and still testing positive for COVID. If all goes well, however, he will compete in Men’s Giant Slalom late Sunday night/early Monday morning (GMT/Iceland time) this weekend and Men’s Slalom in the early hours of February 16.

 

Five Icelanders Compete in 2022 Winter Olympics

Hólmfríður Dóra Friðgeirsdóttir and Erla Ásgeirsdóttir Beijing 2022

The Beijing Winter Olympics begin today, and five Icelanders are among the competitors. They are Hólmfríður Dóra Friðgeirsdóttir, Isak Stianson Pedersen, Kristrún Guðnadóttir, Snorri Einarsson, and Sturla Snær Snorrason. Two will be competing in their first Olympic games.

Hólmfríður is competing in women’s Alpine skiing, in the slalom, giant slalom, and Super-G events. Kristrún will compete in cross-country skiing, in the women’s sprint freestyle event. Snorri will compete in the 15km cross-country skiing event, Men’s 15km+15km Skiathlon, the 50km mass start freestyle event, and the Men’s Team Sprint Classic event. Isak will compete in the cross-country sprint and the Team Sprint Classic events.

Sturla Snær, Snorri, and Isak all competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Holmfríður and Kristrún will be competing in the Olympics for the first time. Kristrún and Sturla Snær will be Iceland’s flagbearers at the opening ceremony today.