In Finland, we don’t mess around with health regulations. Twenty-four hours later Swedish head coach Christian Thoma’s positive Covid-19 control when it arrived in Kittilä, the entire slalom team of the Scandinavian formation was quarantined by the Finnish authorities, tells us the media SVT. This decision was taken even though the coach has not had contact in recent days and has not traveled to Lapland with his athletes.

Anna Swenn Larsson, in the world top 5 for two seasons in the discipline, and her teammates will therefore not be at the start of Levi’s two slaloms scheduled for Saturday and Sunday (10:15 am / 1:15 pm). These are the first athletes who are banned from taking the start on the World Cup front this winter. And it would be surprising if this pattern did not repeat itself throughout a season that promises to be once again special.