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According to a IG-post yesterday, Sondre has caught a cold, so i´m guessing he can´t go back to the rink before he has tested for Covid and his symptoms are gone. Hope he recovers real quick!

Maybe it was lucky he already has WD from NT. If he was still planning to go, I imagine he would be far more disappointed so close to the departure.

This is also a reminder of how fragile this season is. Catch a cold and you can not train or go to comps before symptoms are gone and a negative test.
 

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Oh no, I hope it's nothing serious and doesn't interfere with his training too much.
 
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Harriet mentioned in another thread that the site for Volvo Cup is up, so it might go as planned next month. I got my hopes up, because Latvia is today one of 3 countries in Europe which doesn´t require a quarantine upon arrival to Norway. So I thought that Sondre may would want to go to this one, as it wouldn´t require quarantine after returning to Norway.

But then I tried to check the travel restrictions for Latvia and it seems they are very strict. Well it kinda make sense why the numbers are so low there. Countries who have more than 16 cases per 100,000 inhabitants will be required to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. Norway has now around 27-28 cases per 100,000 inhabitants now, so there goes that...

And it seems no other European country is below that number, so literally no foreign skaters will be allowed into the country (well there is actually outside Europe, but not sure it´s an option). So i´m not even sure how they are going to make that happen?

Or is there perhaps a hope they might make exceptions for skaters, if they can prove they have a negative Covid-test?

I really want Sondre to get to compete soon!
 

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Harriet mentioned in another thread that the site for Volvo Cup is up, so it might go as planned next month. I got my hopes up, because Latvia is today one of 3 countries in Europe which doesn´t require a quarantine upon arrival to Norway. So I thought that Sondre may would want to go to this one, as it wouldn´t require quarantine after returning to Norway.

But then I tried to check the travel restrictions for Latvia and it seems they are very strict. Well it kinda make sense why the numbers are so low there. Countries who have more than 16 cases per 100,000 inhabitants will be required to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. Norway has now around 27-28 cases per 100,000 inhabitants now, so there goes that...

And it seems no other European country is below that number, so literally no foreign skaters will be allowed into the country (well there is actually outside Europe, but not sure it´s an option). So i´m not even sure how they are going to make that happen?

Or is there perhaps a hope they might make exceptions for skaters, if they can prove they have a negative Covid-test?

I really want Sondre to get to compete soon!
I think I read somewhere that Latvia exempts its own athletes (in all disciplines) from quarantine but I'm not sure about international ones. There may be some additional rules that we haven't found though. For Germany it was either quarantine or a negative Covid test result if you came from a risk area.

I'll try to see if Poland is an option for Sondre (not that the situation is great but the Warsaw Cup is go as of today). In August international athletes competing in high level international competitions in Poland were made exempt from quarantine but I'm not sure if it's still the case now.
 
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I think I read somewhere that Latvia exempts its own athletes (in all disciplines) from quarantine but I'm not sure about international ones. There may be some additional rules that we haven't found though. For Germany it was either quarantine or a negative Covid test result if you came from a risk area.

I'll try to see if Poland is an option for Sondre (not that the situation is great but the Warsaw Cup is go as of today). In August international athletes competing in high level international competitions in Poland were made exempt from quarantine but I'm not sure if it's still the case now.
I don´t think Poland is an option for Sondre. It´s possible that athletes would enter the country without quarantine, but Poland is now way over the requirements for going into Norway without quarantine, and i´m not sure he would take the risk of 10 days without practice and possible expose himself for Covid.

As I was writing the post earlier about Latvia (I seem to jinx it), Norway changed the travel advices and there are now no countries in which doesn´t require 10 days of self-isolation/quarantine upon arrival to Norway. (Except a few regions in the nordic countries). Latvia is now just above requirement, but if they get control over the new cases they might be under again. That is my hope, but then again, it´s the question if they would let athletes in without quarantine.

To be honest, I don´t think Sondre will have the chance to compete international before earliest 2021, because of the whole Covid-situation. Either he would have to self-isolate in 10 days after returning home, which he and his team probably isn´t considering as an option or I think we would have seen him at NT. And the few countries which might be an option because of low numbers, probably won´t let him in because of strict travel advices. And it kinda makes sense because such countries probably have low numbers because of the measures...

We might see his new programs at Norwegian Championship in January. It was streamed last year, so i´m sure they will do it this year also.

I had a wild thought that Sondre might go back to Oberstdorf to train again just to be able to get some international comps and competing exercise. We have seen some strange/necessary coach changes so far because of the pandemic and closed borders. With the travel restrictions we have in Norway it would be really difficult for him to achieve his goals for going to WC and OG. And because he doesn´t have the technical requirements yet, he really doesn´t have many comps to loose. Maybe he could go back to Mr. Huth. Not sure if it´s an option though. I´m also dreaming about him being coached by Lambiel :love2: (Wild dreaming, I know).

Well he moved back to Norway because he missed his social life and everyday life, and with the travel restrictions and all it´s probably not likely that he would make such a move, but... you know. It was just a thought. He might not go for another OG if he doesn´t get to the next one, so maybe he has to make sacrifices to get there.
 
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As I was writing the post earlier about Latvia (I seem to jinx it), Norway changed the travel advices and there are now no countries in which doesn´t require 10 days of self-isolation/quarantine upon arrival to Norway. (Except a few regions in the nordic countries). Latvia is now just above requirement, but if they get control over the new cases they might be under again. That is my hope, but then again, it´s the question if they would let athletes in without quarantine.

Sondre may be in luck; Latvia's daily new case numbers are coming down a little bit again, so they might scrape by the limits. And they have an exception to their ten-day self-isolation rule for athletes entering the country to compete in internationally recognised events (which would include the Volvo Open, as athletes can gain championship and Olympic minimum TES there), which would make life even easier.

We might see his new programs at Norwegian Championship in January. It was streamed last year, so i´m sure they will do it this year also.

Fingers crossed!

I had a wild thought that Sondre might go back to Oberstdorf to train again just to be able to get some international comps and competing exercise.

Selfishly, I would love to see him training at Oberstdorf again, but I can understand why he might prefer not to.
 
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Sondre may be in luck; Latvia's daily new case numbers are coming down a little bit again, so they might scrape by the limits. And they have an exception to their ten-day self-isolation rule for athletes entering the country to compete in internationally recognised events (which would include the Volvo Open, as athletes can gain championship and Olympic minimum TES there), which would make life even easier.



Fingers crossed!



Selfishly, I would love to see him training at Oberstdorf again, but I can understand why he might prefer not to.

Oh, this is great news. It actually means it´s possible! I hope this means he will at least sign up for Volvo Cup, and consider to WD later if it´s not possible. The government usually decides the travel restrictions for every 14 days, which means he will know 2 weeks before it´s possible to go or not, and that should be plenty of time to cancel plane tickets etc.

I see the deadline for entires is in 2 days, so we might know next week if he signed up.
 
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Just read also that Norway is positive to part of the new proposal of a new Europa map system for travel restrictions. The new map will be based on traffic light colours for different countries based on the current situation- green, yellow and red. Green will mean low risk of travel and probably no restrictions between green countries, yellow means a little risk and should be done with careful consideration, but travel would not require self-isolation but maybe a test? Red probably means not recommended and if you do travel you would have to self-isolate and be in a 10 days quarantine when you travel between red countries. The map will be really similar to what we already use in Norway, as we also divide into green, yellow and red countries, the difference is that the new map will be more liberal in defining red, yellow and red countries.

The meaning behind the map is to have a system which is similar for whole Europe and makes travel in Europe more easy and less confusing. If Norway will stand behind this map and use it, and not use stricter measures, it means that countries that are now considered as red will be considered as yellow instead, and for Sondre it would mean he has a far better chance to go to the international comps without having to be in quarantine after returning home. And the situation will probably be the same for all European skaters, which is a really good thing because then some of the skaters wont have advantages just because they live in a country with more liberate travel restrictions.

This is really great news for Sondre!

I´m not sure when we will start use it. Probably not in time for Volvo Cup, but if it would be, I guess Latvia is already yellow with the more liberal restrictions. Most important thing is that this would make EC more likely to be arranged and more likely that Sondre could go with the rest of the skaters!

This could mean a lot for the European figure skating season. Also in terms of WC being arranged in Sweden, the problem there is the possible disadvantage for the skaters outside Europe.
 
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I have to correct myself on the new system, it seems the colours they will use are actually green, orange and red, and also grey for areas which doesn´t have data. Also a negative Covid-test may replace quarantine for orange or red countries - i´m not sure.
 
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Oh wow, really?! I wasn´t excepting him to sign up for Warsaw Cup because of the situation in Poland, but maybe he just want every option open in case the situation changes and as you say, there will probably be a lot of WD before start. But just to see him on the list made me really happy.

Btw, I have never actually checked if there is an exception for quarantine for professional athletes. I tried to Google it now and it seems that they gave the norwegian Football-team an exception for quarantine for playing a match in Austria recently, but that was just the one match. Looking further I found some news about the Ingebritsen-siblings asking this summer to get an exception for quarantine in order to compete international this summer, but they weren´t given any. In general it seems there is no exception for professional athletes.

You know, there is also the possibility that Sondre might want to go and take 10 days of quarantine when returning. Maybe getting the advantages of competing experience and the chance to collect SB and TES outweighs the disadvantages of not being able to train at the ice rink for 10 days. Maybe he can do off-ice workout from home.

Let´s also see if he will be on the list for Volvo Cup :D But he probably rather do the Challenger.
 
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Btw, looking at the entries for ladies they also submitted Frida Berge for the ladies event so it looks like they will try to send a Norwegian team to Warsaw.
 
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