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    Winner Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway competes during the Men's Sprint C Final of the FIS Cross Country World Cup in Otepaa, Estonia, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

    WATCH: Norwegian Skiing Champ Suffers Defeat After Stumbling Just Before Finish

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    Johannes Klaebo, a three-time cross-country Olympic skiing champion, was in a tight race for second place in the Norwegian championship with Martin Johnsrud Sundby, when his stick suddenly got stuck between legs.

    A video of Klaebo, 22, falling in the anchor leg while trying to ascend the last slope before the finish line has emerged on the web. The footage shows the athlete stumbling upon his ski stick and falling, ultimately giving up on the race and letting other competitors pass.

     “I shifted aside and stuck the stick between the skiis”, Klaebo said as cited by Norway’s TV2. @I fell and gave up. I’m in fault that my team has not walked up on the medals stand. I hope this won’t repeat at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.”

    The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships will be held in Austria’s Seefeld from 19 February to 3 March.


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