Family affair

Biathlon-No family affair for the Oeberg sisters as the dream of gold eludes them

ZHANGJIAKOU, China, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Four years ago Elvira Oeberg watched big sister Hanna on TV at home win gold for Sweden in the women’s 15km biathlon at the Pyeongchang Games, but their dreams of medals together in Beijing were wiped out. because they failed in the shooting.

Debutante Elvira, 22, came 13th out of 86 competitors on Monday, one minute behind new German Olympic champion Denise Herrmann and three places ahead of Hanna, 26.

The sisters both missed three shots in the shoot-and-ski chase, each adding a minute to their time.

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However, they were still bubbling at the end.

“It’s really fun to be here and share this experience with her. I had the Olympics on my own, but to do this with her is fantastic,” Hanna told Reuters.

Born in Kiruna, in the province of Lapland, in northern Sweden, the sisters often clashed.

Hanna having left first on Monday, Elvira did not know how her sister was doing. “Obviously when you cross the finish line you want to know how it went for the other Swedes, but it’s not something you think about during the race,” she said.

Hanna regretted a late setback that cost her a chance for a third Olympic medal after her individual gold and relay silver in 2018, but I’ll work on that for the future.”

Elvira was happy with her performance, although it wasn’t enough to start her own collection of Olympic medals.

“Three misses is 85% hits, not bad, but it’s not enough when the conditions are as good as they were today. Many did well today “, she said.

“I felt I did my best that day, and I have to be happy about that.”

The sisters have a chance to add to the family’s medal haul in Friday’s 7.5 km sprint.

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Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne

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