Swedish Olympic biathletes escape fire

Swedish Olympic biathletes escape fire
Biathletes compete in Ruhpolding in 2012. File photo: Günter Hentschel/Flickr
Swedish biathletes competing in a tournament in Germany have managed to flee a burning hotel, with just weeks to go until their participation in the Winter Olympics in Russia's Sochi.

Sweden's biathlon team, which is building towards the Winter Olympics, escaped uninjured from a hotel fire at a tournament in Germany, the sport's international federation said Thursday.

Police in the Bavarian town of Ruhpolding said that the blaze was caused by a technical problem and the alarm raised at 8am.

"We had a guardian angel," Anders Byström, the team's national co-ordinator, told the Expressen newspaper.

The athletes were moved to a house nearby and took part in a men's World Cup event later in the afternoon where they finished in fourth spot.

The 2014 Winter Olympics get underway in Sochi on February 7th.

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