Unlucky timing for Young

GB's Andrew Young remained positive despite being forced to pull out of the cross-country skiing classic team sprint due to manageable heart condition.

Young has tachycardia, which occurs no more than twice a season, and it struck as he started his second leg of the event at the Winter Olympics.

The team sprint was Young’s last chance in Sochi but he looked to the positives of a Games where he was an impressive 37th in the 15km classic.

“I have got a heart condition, it is a heart palpitation, tachycardia. It happens two races a year. Every now and then it happens and you have to stop,” said Young.

“I don’t really like using it as an excuse. It is not an excuse, it happens. It was just at the start of my second leg and when it happens the advice is just to stop.

“We have improved a lot. If we got these results four years ago everybody would have been ecstatic. But now everybody is like ‘it is ok’. There has been a huge improvement in the team.

  • Date published: 19 February 2014
  • Date updated: 04 May 2016
  • Published by: sportscotland