Before any 2018 Winter Olympic snowboarders can compete on any course, they will have to jump over the obstacle announced out of PyeongChang this morning—the Norovirus. Sidelining 1,200 security guards just days before the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Games, over 900 military personnel have been deployed to help with relief. Over 40 guards came down with the “Winter Vomiting Bug”—also called the “Cruise Ship Disease”— which rears its ugly head with vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. There is no vaccine for the disease that is passed person-to-person, and it’s highly contagious actions have caused massive disinfecting efforts on the side of the organizers.
Just like one of the most popular U.S. athletes attending the games (Red Gerard), the Norovirus can trace its history back to Ohio. So there is your snowboarding connection. Thanks Red! (We are not implying that Red brought the Norovirus with him, and we hope all athletes, press, security personnel, and attendees of the game stay safe and healthy!)
We will keep you updated as we hear more.