I do think that the comments from the Vasaloppet and Holmenkollen
bosses were a bit unthought of and even populistic, but OTOH
Mika Myllyl? couldve gone easier on melodrama instead of adding
"...and, why not, for my life" when he answered the question
whether he feels he should be worried for his safety there.
But the man is what he is and probably cannot help himself -
he stopped to kneel down in a thankful prayer before crossing
the finish line in Lahti on Saturday... - and he certainly
makes the most of the situation by publicly pondering whether
he should, shall and/or can race in the Vasaloppet.
A Swedish tabloid attempted to put further spin of the story
and reported that the organizers at the Lahti WC races have
become concerned about the possible hostile reactions of the
Finnish spectators and brought on new resources to guarantee
the safety of the Swedish and Norwegian skiers. Well, a
nation gets the infantile tabloid press it deserves:-)
> > The Finnish skier Mika Myllyl? has received death threats, and he is
> > to start in Vasaloppet and Holmenkollen, Norwegian radio NRK P1
> > this afternoon. Just where these threats originate from, was not
> > in this very brief radio newscast just a short while ago. This means
> > Myllyl? now is afraid to go to upcoming races in Sweden and Norway.
> > an extremely sad situation, I think. (...)
> FWIW these threats havent been mentioned in the Finnish media,
> but the head of the Vasaloppet organisation did tell a Finnish
> newspaper that he had received one "death threat letter" from
> Finland and thrown it right into the rubbish bin. Its a sad
> he should, shall and/or can race in the Vasaloppet.