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Secured Norway’s Olympic place last year – Jenny (28) quits after being left out of the Paris squad


Jenny M Rørvik (TV) and Thea Helseth, both from Aalesund’s Roklub and good friends, qualified their boat for the Olympics in Paris. Now Rørvik has been scrapped from the Olympic squad. Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

Of NTB | 14.05.2024 19:50:35

Sport: In Tuesday’s Olympic selection from the Olympiatoppen, it was Thea Helseth and Inger Kavlie who were selected as crew in the double sculls in Paris. For a teammate, it was a brutal setback.

Childhood friends Rørvik and Helseth qualified during the WC last year in what will be Norway’s first boat with female Olympic rowers since 1996. Now the composition has changed.

– That is the brutal side of sport. At the same time, I am very happy that Thea and Inger get to go to the Olympics after many, many years of enormous effort, says national team coach for the female rowers, Sebastian Baranzano, to NTB.

Helseth and Kavlie won EC gold at the end of April. Also then, Rørvik was wrecked in the boat.

Baranzano states that he has spoken to Rørvik after the wreck. NTB was unable to get hold of her, but she spoke out NRK. She makes it clear that she will not continue her sports career.

– I feel I have worked so hard, and had a dream, and then you lose it right before your eyes. It’s like stumbling on the finish line, she says to the channel.

– They are clear that we have the task of putting together the boats we believe will give the best results in the Olympics. We are required to send the best boat, says Bekken.

– We think based on results, and what we see in training and based on an overall picture, that this is the boat that will give us the best result in the Olympics, he adds about the withdrawal of Kavlie and Helseth.

There is still one Olympic qualification left for the rowers. It takes place in Lucerne, Switzerland this weekend.

Then Kjetil Borch will try to qualify for his third Olympics. In addition, a double four with Erik Solbakken, Jonas Juel, Kristoffer Brun and Oscar Helvig will try to qualify.

Baranzano states that Rørvik will not participate in Lucerne.

National team coach Fredrik Bekken of the Norwegian Rowing Association tells NTB that the guidance they have received from the Olympic summit is clear:

Lars Benske and Ask Tjøm have also been selected for the summer games, in lightweight double sculls. Norway has also qualified a men’s double sculler for the Games, but that selection has not yet been made.

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