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Kilde warns of dangers for ski athletes: organizers would “go too far”

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“Extreme weather like this is happening more and more often now,” the 30-year-old told the Norwegian newspaper “Verdens Gang”. That has something to do with the conditions on the slope. Nevertheless, you stand at the start, hope that everything is safe and take risks.

“We forget everything else, that’s our job,” he said. Both athletes and organizers have to show flexibility when the conditions are so precarious, the newspaper quoted him as saying. However, it is the world association FIS as the highest authority that must take the situation seriously.

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Some races were pushed forward in such a way that it posed a risk to the safety of the racers, for example in Garmisch-Partenkirchen or Zagreb. “I hope that the FIS sees that it may be necessary to make changes to the calendar,” emphasized the overall World Cup winner of the 2019/2020 season. In the end, it’s always about the money. Organizers would “go too far because they have to run the races for commercial reasons”.

Heat and lack of snow have characterized numerous winter sports events this season so far. It was “crazy” to see green mountain landscapes around the slopes in the middle of the high season, said Kilde. One must go to the places on earth where races could reasonably take place.

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