SOCHI, Russia — On the eve of the Olympics, Norway’s cross-country team assembled in solidarity with the news of the sudden and unexpected death of Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen’s brother and training partner on Friday, according to NRK.
“The Norwegian Olympic troop’s thoughts and sympathies are with Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen and her family,” a translated press release reportedly stated.
“Now we are keen to take care of Astrid … and have no comment beyond the press release,” Norway’s press officer Gro Eide told NRK on Friday night.
Currently second to Marit Bjørgen in the overall World Cup standings, Jacobsen, 27, is scheduled to race next Thursday in the women’s 10-kilometer classic individual start. She was not selected for Saturday’s 15 k skiathlon.
Her teammate, Vibeke Skofetrud told NRK the incident was “a huge shock to everyone.”
“Thoughts go to the family and relatives,” she continued. “Sport becomes unimportant when these things happen.”