Riiber was released from quarantine yesterday after recovering from COVID-19, allowing him to compete in today’s race.

The double world champion and three-time World Cup winner registered a whopping 139.8 points in ski jumping despite the disruption with 11 points more than closest challenger Kristjan Ilves of Estonia.

In the cross-country, Riiber was comfortably in the lead, only to go the wrong way.

Riiber turned around and completed the course but compatriots Graabak, after realizing the mistake, and Jens Luras Oftebro finished ahead of him.

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Graabak triumphed in 27:13.3, and Riiber in 27min 53.1sec slumped to the eighth position.

Graabak topped a Norwegian one-two, with Oftebro coming second in 27:53.1 and Akito Watabe of Japan in 26:19.9 clinching; bronze, as to rue his error Riiber left.

Riber stated that it is not fun to show the world that I am maybe wasting a gold medal on, that It is a silly mistake.

he stated that I would fight for the gold anyway” on a normal day, it’s silly to do, that mistake, but he also added that with that mistake as well, I feel that I would be in the fight because I’m a good sprinter.”

As he made up a gap of more than two minutes to capture the title, Graabak said Riiber’s blunder give him a boost.

Riber stated that I saw that we are under; the time moment, so I knew something was up.

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