February 18, 2018 / 11:27 AM / a month ago

Cross-country skiing: Swedes apologize to nation after relay wax mistake

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - The team responsible for waxing Sweden’s cross-country skis have apologized to the nation after getting it wrong in Sunday’s 4x10km relay, when the defending Olympic champions came a disappointing fifth and bitter rivals Norway took gold.

Cross-Country Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men’s 15km Free - Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 16, 2018 - Daniel Rickardsson of Sweden competes. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

The waxing of cross-country skis is a mix of science and art, with different kinds of wax used based on the snow temperature and consistency, and the Swedes got it badly wrong as they fell behind in the first two legs and never recovered.

“We want to apologize to Daniel (Rickardsson, who skied the second leg) and Jens (Burman, who skied the first) because we couldn’t deliver better, and to the whole team, and the Swedish people,” waxing boss Urban Nilsson told Radiosporten.

“We have done a bad job in the waxing cabin, I take responsibility for this as I am the person responsible,” he added.

Editing by Clare Fallon

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