Olympics 2022 | Eric Frenzel talks about conditions

Nordic combined athlete Eric Frenzel has recovered from the first corona shock in the quarantine hotel at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

“Mentally it’s very, very uphill. All my wishes are fulfilled, so I can’t complain,” said the 33-year-old Olympic champion on “ZDF”. Frenzel had tested positive for the corona virus after arriving in China and had to go to a quarantine facility.

The conditions there were questionable at first. “It was quite a shock when I arrived here. It wasn’t the hotel I expected. The wallpaper came off the walls easily. That was very sobering,” said Frenzel, whose tests have so far continued to be positive.

The first individual on this Wednesday has already been written off, in the coming week there are still two decisions to be made on the large hill. As soon as Frenzel can show two consecutive negative PCR tests with at least 24 hours between them, he can leave the quarantine.

The decisive factor in the PCR test is the so-called CT value (cycle threshold). The value indicates how contagious a person is, the lower the more contagious. According to the recommendation of the Robert Koch Institute, in Germany a value greater than 30 is no longer contagious.

Different standards apply in China, regardless of the Winter Games. Because of the strong criticism of the different and sometimes unclear specifications, the organizers relaxed the specifications for the Olympic bubble. The limit was lowered to 35 a few days before the opening ceremony.


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