The Norwegian Alpine skiing team has been giving up their ”Attacking Viking” sweaters designed for the Olympic season because of media concerns that their runic pattern and the tyr symbol alludes to Nazism. Kristin Lysdahl, who will represent Norway’s downhill team in the Olympic Games in South Korea, has said that “none of us use it in front of reporters." Jonathan Nordbotten, a member of the men’s World Cup team who will also be competing in Pyeongchang, has also confirmed that “no one on our team uses that sweater anymore.”
However, the Norwegian Ski Federation has left the right to decide whether to wear the design up to each athlete individually. Athletes can switch to a neutral "Olympic Passion" collection, also designed for the Norwegian Olympic team, if they choose.
Nevertheless, fears that far-right activists might begin appearing at rallies wearing the Olympic jumpers made one of the country’s major wholesalers stop selling the sweaters.
The decision to dump the design has reportedly induced especially strong criticism among neo-pagans, Viking reenactors and fans of the national ski team for "giving up" the collective ownership of ancestral symbols to a tiny, unrepresentative minority.