Norwegian biathlon superstar Ole Einar Bjorndalen has joined the Belarus team’s coaching staff.
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“Ole Einar Bjoerndalen will go to Pyeongchang as part of the Belarusian Olympic delegation. He will be given the coaching quota.
We thank the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its assistance,” Secretary General of the Belarusian Biathlon Federation Anatoly Stromsky said on Tuesday.
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The King of Biathlon will help his wife Darya Domracheva in the preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
“We did it to make Dasha feel comfortable in Pyeongchang. Bjorndalen’s huge experience may be very useful for the entire squad.
His advice may be precious for us at the Games,” Anatoly Stromsky said in an interview with the AFP.
Domracheva said she was happy to enjoy the support of her husband at Pyeongchang.
“The Olympics are a great event for any athlete and for me it will be very important to feel the support of my beloved man there.
It will be great to have him by my side in Korea. We will practise together there. I hope it will help me a great deal.”
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen did not make Norway’s biathlon team for the Pyeongchang Games, missing out on a chance to compete at his seventh Olympics.
The Belarusian Biathlon Federation applied to the IOC with a request to include a Norwegian biathlete in the Belarusian Olympic biathlon delegation.
Bjorndalen has won 13 Olympic medals – eight gold, four silver and one bronze – making him the most medaled Olympian in the history of the Winter Olympic Games.
He also has 95 individual victories in the World Cup and 20 world titles.