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.

 

Broke Her Own Icelandic Record at Tokyo Olympics

swimmer Snæfríður Sól Jórunnardóttir

Icelandic swimmer Snæfríður Sól Jórunnardóttir broke her own Icelandic 200-metre freestyle record at her first-ever Olympic event in Tokyo today. She completed the event in 2:00.20, beating her previous record of 2:00.50 by 30/100 of a second.

Despite the impressive personal success, Snæfríður was the last of eight swimmers in Heat 3 and therefore will not proceed to the semifinals for the event. The swimmer will, however, compete in the 100-metre freestyle on Wednesday.

Snæfríður is one of four Icelanders competing in the Olympics this month and was one of Iceland’s two flagbearers in the opening ceremony last Friday. She is from Hveragerði, South Iceland and now lives in Denmark.

Two Swimmers to Carry Icelandic Flag During Olympic Opening Ceremony

Swimmers Snæfríður Sól Jórunnardóttir and Anton Sveinn McKee will carry the Icelandic flag during today’s Opening Ceremony for the 2020 Olympics, RÚV reports. This will be the first time that participating countries will have two flag-bearers, one man and one woman.

Team Iceland is made up of four athletes including Guðni Valur Guðnason, who will compete in discus throw, and Ásgeir Sigurgeirsson, who will compete in 10-metre air pistol shooting. Anton Sveinn will swim in the 200-metre breaststroke, while Snæfríður Sól will swim in two events: the 100- and 200-metre freestyle.

Iceland will be first team to enter the arena after the Team Greece, which always enters first, and the IOC Refugee Olympic team. The procession will proceed according to Japanese alphabetization, making Iceland – which is called aisurando (アイスランド) in Japanese – first in line.

The Opening Ceremony will begin at 8:00 PM in Japan, which is 11:00 AM in Iceland. RÚV will broadcast the ceremony live.

Four Icelanders Compete in Olympics this Month

Swimmer Snæfríður Sól Jórunnardóttir will be the only Icelandic woman competing in this year’s Olympics in Tokyo, mbl.is reports. There will be four Icelandic competitors at the games this year. This is the smallest Icelandic team to attend the Summer Olympics since 1964, when they were also held in the Japanese capital.

Snæfríður was allocated a quota place in the Olympic swimming competition where she will compete in both the 100-metre and 200-metre freestyle. She reached the B qualifying standard before the games in March this year. These are her first Olympic games.

Snæfríður will swim in the preliminary rounds in the 200-metre freestyle on July 26 and the preliminary rounds in the 100-metre freestyle on July 28. The other three Icelanders competing in the games are swimmer Anton Sveinn McKee, who qualified for the games last year, and marksman Ásgeir Sigurgeirsson and discus thrower Guðni Valur Guðnason, who were allocated quota seats.