Beijing round-up Day 8: Tough day in the Cross-Country

Beijing round-up Day 8: Tough day in the Cross-Country

It was a difficult day in the Cross-Country for Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young

Returning Olympians Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young endured a difficult day’s skiing in the Cross-Country Men’s 15km Classic at the Zhangjiakou National Cross-Country Skiing Centre.

Musgrave and Young, each taking their fourth tilt at the Olympic Winter Games, came in in 46th and 51st position respectively with Young’s preparations having been hampered by a Covid infection picked up in January.

Speaking after the event, Andrew Musgrave said:

“To be honest, I’m super disappointed and at the moment I can’t really understand what went on today.

“In the build-up to the Olympics everything has gone as planned. I haven’t had any issues but today, it’s just so far off what I expect and I don’t understand.

“I’ve got to have a wee sit down with the coaches and make a plan for what to do for the 50km.

“Skate is different than classic – I’ve got over a week to reset and get ready for it. I think at this altitude, minor adjustments can make a massive difference. I’m still confident.”

Andrew Young said:

“It was a tough day for me. I struggled a little bit to recover after the sprint a few days ago, so I was a bit tired.

“That’s how the situation [having recently recovered from Covid] is at the moment, so I’ll try and make the most out of it.

“I pushed hard all the way and made the most out of it. So, with the situation I’m pleased with how it went.

“We’ve got the team sprint on Wednesday, that’s the next one and with the situation I’ve been in, I’ve been using today to try and get ready for that. Hopefully in that one it will be a bit of a better performance than today.”

Both will have another crack at success in Beijing with the 50km Mass Start Free and the Team Sprint Classic still to come next week.

Header Image: Andrew Musgrave in the Mens 15km Classic at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on the 11th February 2022 at Cross Country Centre in Zhangjakou, China. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.

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