On Sunday, Joni Mäki became Finland's most talked-about athlete in one fell swoop, when he fought for the second place in the Lahti World Cup with his anchor.
In the final round of the race, the blood of Alexander Bolshunov, a Russian bluntly left behind, boiled and turned into a charging brain.
The Russian first hit Mäki on the track with a wand and did an outrageous trick after the finish line when he tackled Mäki with his back.
There has been little understanding of Bolshunov's trick outside of Russia, and Norwegian head coach Eirik Myhr Nossum, among others, updated the situation on the country's broadcaster NRK as follows:
- I am completely shocked from such a behavior.
This is cross country skiing, not freestyle or other martial arts.
I have never seen anything like it in skiing before and I hope I never see it again.
Norwegian coach Eirik Myhr Nossum in stock photo.Photo: Terje Pedersen / Lehtikuva
Norwegian skier Pål Golberg also told NRK that Bolshunov's trick was unforgivable.
- I was completely embarrassed, no such thing is expected to happen.
I'm still a little in shock, Golberg said.