Stian Berg – pissing in classic cross-country skiing – nach Welt

At the 15-kilometer classic on Saturday in Beitostølen, cross-country skier Stian Berg was eliminated at the finish. The reason was that he made his way through the stake-free areas of the path.

Berg made a conscious decision to break the rules because he is against the rules in classic cross-country skiing. He told Dagbladet after the race that the pole-free zones were a major obstacle to the development of cross-country.

Berg’s stunt generated several reactions. In the TV 2 show “Petter & Petter” – with Petter Skinstad and Petter Northug – Skinstad did not hold back what he thought about Berg’s behavior.

– He turned vertically in my eyes when he decided to stick his way through the entire classic race. Then the rule breaks that you have to go diagonally in diagonal zones. And really piss on classic cross-country skiing. Ironically, a style he lives by, says Skinstad.

PROTESTED: Stian Berg decided to break the rules to protest stake-free zones. Photo: Bjørn Langsem / Dagbladet
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– Without doubt

Northug agrees that what Berg did was wrong.

– We saw athletes here who were skiing on shiny skis. Who actually obeyed the rules? Maybe a red card and straight-out need to be introduced when doing this in a stake zone, says Northug.

– There is no doubt the rules should be clear. Outside on the course there should be referees with red and yellow cards who give Stian Berg and other fools a red card on the spot. Off the track. Thanks very much. This is not how it should be in classic cross-country skiing, concludes Skinstad.

After the race, Berg posted a long text on Instagram explaining why he is against free zones and why he decided to break the rules.

«You could say it was a kind of protest, but also a decision to make a difference. Not just to make you sick, to be an “idiot”, “idiot”, “idiot”, “fool”, “cheat” etc., but to re-start the discussion about whether stake-free zones are the way to go for development of classic cross-country skiing»Writes Berg.

He continues later in the post:

«But I wish I could also take part in a classic all-round race where I could play out my strengths as a skier without the DSQ behind my name on the results list and being hated for it. In my opinion, that doesn’t make you enjoy developing or playing sports! And here I want people to think a little before leaving comments and messages.»

Very positive

In the comments section there are several who praise the stunt and agree with Berg’s message. Two of those who gave feedback are high profile athletes John Arne Riise and Øystein “Pølsa” Pettersen.

– Raw man! Cheers to your boss, wrote Riise in a comment on the post.

Pettersen emphasizes that he does not appreciate Berg’s stunt because he is fundamentally against cheating in competitions, but writes that he agrees with the message.

– In my opinion, classic cross-country skiing is served by the additional moment of excitement when someone spikes or not (…) What annoys me the most is still the argument that it’s boring to watch. Development always feels unfamiliar because it is something new and different from what we are used to, writes Pettersen.

See Berg’s post here:

Reference-www.nach-welt.com

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