GIF: Premature celebration nearly costs Norwegian biathlete dearly at the Winter Olympics 8 years ago

GIF: Premature celebration nearly costs Norwegian biathlete dearly at the Winter Olympics

If this did go all t*ts up, he would have nobody to blame but himself.

Professional sport is littered with premature celebrations gone wrong and while it’s hilarious for people watching with no attachment to the athletes and competitors in question, it must be the type of thing that would haunt the person stupid enough to do it for years and years afterwards.

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Norwegian biathlete Emil Hegle Svendsen had a bloody close shave during the men’s biathlon 15km mass start earlier today when he decided to ease up when approaching the finish line, nearly allowing France's Martin Fourcade to nip in and steal victory at the last second.

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Svendsen’s blushes were spared in the end as although he and Fourcade finished on the same time of 42 minutes, 29.1 seconds, he was adjudged to have won by a photo finish, although it was mighty close…

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He’s a very lucky boy, he could have been like this guy all over again...

Hat-tip: Business Insider