Cross-country skiing, Winter sports | Kalla and Andersson involved in the drama of illness in the Swedish cross-country camp

Four Swedish cross-country skiers had to cancel their training camp in France due to stomach problems. Now it turns out that the first diagnosis is probably wrong.


With only a few days left of the Swedish national team gathering in French Font Romeu, Charlotte Kalla, Ebba Andersson, Moa Lundgren and Emma Ribom were sent home.

First, food poisoning was suspected as the cause of the disease outbreak.

After closer examinations of the Swedish cross-country stars Kalla and Andersson at a clinic in Stockholm, it turns out that the reason is different.

– The examinations indicate more that they have been affected by a classic stomach disease virus, says the Swedish national team doctor Per Andersson to Expressen.

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Nevertheless, the Swedes are stunned by the virus the Swedish runners have contracted.

– It has had effects for a longer time than we normally see. But now they are on the road to recovery, Andersson concludes.

The Swedish women’s national team has more than just stomach viruses to worry about. Before the important Olympic season, the team is without a national team manager after Daniel Fåhraeus announced in early June that he was going to quit his job.

– What he has done at the ski association in the short time he was cross-country manager has meant an incredible amount. And it is not just us active practitioners who think so. There are many different employees in the union who agree with that, says Kalla to Expressen about Fåhraeus.

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Then it remains to be seen how long it will take before the Swedes get rid of the stomach virus and get a coach in place.

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