Sport "Bringing African sun": The cross-country exotics of the World Cup
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© AP - Thomas Samson The French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, February 8, 2021 in Melun. As France prepares to pass the 80,000 death mark from Covid-19, the spread of the British and South African variants of the virus is raising a climate of fear for the coming weeks. But Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health, still excludes a re-containment for the moment, while maintaining a "very important state of vigilance".
It is rare that a Mexican and a Venezuelan talk about a cross-country race at the finish. The time has come at the Nordic World Ski Championships. The race of the unusual cross-country nations shows: You don't need a medal to be in a good mood.
Eduardo Artega sat on the floor and first formed a snowball. Laughing, the Venezuelan threw the wet, white ball at his cross-country competitor Pedro Montes de Oca from Mexico and didn't let his 83rd place in the qualifying race over ten kilometers spoil his mood at all. "What a great camaraderie here," said the 43-year-old enthusiastically after the Nordic exotic competition, which traditionally kicked off the World Cup before the opening ceremony on Wednesday. "I love the snow, it changed my life," said Artega.
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Like Venezuela and Mexico, Tanzania is not exactly known for its trail specialists. "We brought the African sun with us," joked Nzumbe Nyanduga in view of the double-digit temperatures and the bright sun in Oberstdorf and was happy to have started for his home country. The fact that cross-country skiing is not particularly popular at home didn't bother Nyanduga or Nicholas Lau from Trinidad and Tobago. "My compatriots have a hard time imagining the sport, but they know what a World Cup means," said the 41-year-old.
Fiorella D'Croz Brusatin was the first to take to the track on Wednesday morning - with wide skis instead of sunglasses. "Maybe I'll found a new style," said the Colombian and laughed. Without the big glasses, the cold wind brings tears to her eyes, explained the 41-year-old, who was completely overwhelmed at the finish. "For me it was amazing," said Brusatin, who has only been on cross-country skis for a year and who contested her first ever race in Oberstdorf. With outstretched arms she pointed to the idyllic mountains and said: "This is better than Olympia!"
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Brusatin originally comes from Cali, but now lives in Norway and trains there for her big goal: "I want to be the first Colombian to take part in summer and winter games." In 2004 she started in the triathlon at the Olympia in Athens. The next goal: Beijing 2022.
Regina Lorenzo Martinez also wants to go to China for the Winter Olympics. For the Mexican, the manageable hype of the Ghost World Cup and the interest in her was sensational. Unlike many a professional footballer, she was happy about every question and smilingly thanked the journalists for the time. "It would have been nice with spectators, but that would certainly have distracted me," says the 28-year-old and laughs.
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