Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing had her eyes on the prize – an Olympic medal – until a “meddling” squirrel decided to hog the limelight.
It meddled, she didn't – a squirrel trespassing on the course during the Ladies' Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom 1/8 Final at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games may have kept Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing off the podium, as nutty as that may seem.
19-year-old Ulbing was matched against Milena Bykova (Olympic Athlete from Russia) on February 24th when the furry interloper darted across her path on the Red Course.
Ulbing deftly dodged the rascally rodent who escaped a gruesome fate by a whisker, as shown in this video from NBC Olympics' Twitter page. Though she was still able to nose out Bykova by 0.52 seconds, Ulbing eventually finished seventh in the event after being defeated by the Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka in the quarterfinals. Ledecka went on to win the gold medal.
As for the squirrel, it didn't hang around for a post-event interview so claims of Russian collusion cannot be proven. (via Channel3000)