Swiss freestyle skiers become first athletes to contract norovirus at Pyeongchang 2018

Swiss freestyle skiers become first athletes to contract norovirus at Pyeongchang 2018

The two Swiss freestyle skiers who contracted norovirus at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have recovered and have been cleared to return to training, a team official said on Saturday.

The delegation did not say if the athletes would compete: "We would like to point out that athletes affected by norovirus will be admitted to the competitions in good physical condition and after examination by a Swiss team doctor", their statement read. The Swiss competitors are the first Olympic athletes to contract the virus, according to Reuters.

Boesch had become an internet sensation at the Games after posting a video of himself hanging onto the outside rail of an escalator as it climbed upward.

The norovirus, aptly named the "winter stomach bug", is a viral infection that causes inflammation and irritation in the gut, triggering diarrhea and vomiting.

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Most of the earlier cases were at a youth centre where staff are housed, but the new patients are in staff accommodation in Pyeongchang and Gangneung, the main Games hubs.

"The 48 hours of quarantine is gone", Clenin told reporters after the ladies' slopestyle final, won by Switzerland's Sarah Hoefflin.

"They were taken to a single room and had no contact with the other athletes", Swiss Olympics said in a statement. "They will compete tomorrow and I think they will perform nicely, we will see".

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