Norway's Havard Bokko competes in the men's 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Speedskater Bokko scoffs at Koss' second-guessing

February 20, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Norway's speedskaters withdrew from the men's 10,000 meters at the Sochi Olympics to prepare for the team pursuit, a move second-guessed by four-time gold medalist Johann Olaf Koss.

Koss says on Twitter that his fellow Norwegians Havard Bokko and Sverre Lunde Pedersen could have had a chance to claim a bronze in the grueling race. Bob de Jong of the Netherlands thought the time he skated would keep him off the podium. Instead, the 37-year-old skater earned the bronze.

Bokko scoffed at Koss' comment, saying Thursday that Koss hasn't competed in 20 years and ''just wants his face in the paper.''

Koss won gold in the 10,000 at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics after taking silver four years earlier in Albertville.

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