Charlotte Kalla in last saturday's famous sprint home in the relay. Photo: TT.
"norway are favourites"

Ski star Kalla laid low ahead of endurance race

Charlotta Kalla's hopes of adding another gold medal to her Sochi collection have been hit by the news that she has a cold. The cross-country skier, who has a gold and two silver medals from the Winter Olympics in Russia, told Aftonbladet that "Norway are now favourites" for Saturday's 30 km race.  

The tabloid Expressen writes that Charlotte Kalla has spent several days in isolation at a hotel used by Sweden's Olympic Committee. "I have felt a little tight in the nose, so it is out of respect for the others," she told Expressen of why she had left the Olympic village.

Kalla, who is aiming for a fourth Olympic medal, has stayed outside the Olympic village since last Saturday's gold winning effort in the relay in order to recover from all the excitement. The Swede will start in the 30 km race on Saturday but what shape she will be in remains to be seen. "I live in hope", Kalla said. 

Speaking to SVT Sport, the captain of the Swedish Cross-Country team, Rikard Grip, played down the illness reports.

"No, she is not sick. She has been a little tired and worn out after all the commotion and all the success of late, and she has had a little blocked nose, so she has taken it easy for a few days. She was out and trained a little yesterday and has been training today as well, "he says to SVT.

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