Just when an expert in the country’s biathlon circles Petter Skinstad raved about how well prepared the Norwegians are compared to their competitors, something surprising happened in the opening race of the country’s cross-country skiing season in Beitostölen.
23 year old Filip Glittenberg Holtin signs of the use of fluorine cream were found on the skis before the men’s 10 km race.
Holt is the first Norwegian cross-country skier who has fallen from fluoride cream. He didn’t get permission to start the race.
“This is strange and unreal. The skis have been tested here many times and also approved. I don’t understand this at all. I started crying when I heard the test result. Now it’s just funny,” Holt said VG: place.
“The skis were tested in Lillehammer a week ago and I tested them when I came to Beitostölen now. Everything was fine. I haven’t even touched them.”
He gave the skis to the oiler before the race and when they came back from there, there was a core. Fluoride cream was not found on anyone else’s skis in Beitostölen.
Holt regretted that he now has to clean his skis carefully and go through a long process.
Race director Erik Husby on the other hand, said that the skis were tested several times to ensure the result.
“It is quite clear that there was fluoride cream on the skis. We ran several tests on three different machines today and all came out with the same result. Unfortunately, there is a wide range of fluoride cream. It is,” Husby said.