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A squirrel with a death wish? Reckless rodent upstages Olympic snowboard run

Daniela Ulbing of Austria runs the course during the women’s parallel giant slalom quarterfinals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. The squirrel that got into her path is not seen in this photo.
Daniela Ulbing of Austria runs the course during the women’s parallel giant slalom quarterfinals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. The squirrel that got into her path is not seen in this photo. AP

Twitter went wild over a South Korean squirrel’s Olympics run during Saturday’s parallel giant snowboard slalom event at Phoenix Park.

Ostensibly, the run belonged to Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing. But all eyes were on the rascally rodent’s reckless intrusion into the Olympian’s path in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Would Ulbing fall as she swerved her way out of the squirrel’s way or would it be snowboard snowkill for the frisky little beast?

For tense moments, it wasn’t certain. The squirrel seemed to have a death wish — or was just an attention hog — as it seemed intent on not getting out of Ulbing’s way. At one point, as Ulbing swerved around it, the squirrel froze momentarily, before finally scampering out of the way to allow Ulbing to finish.

Call it a draw. The squirrel survived and Ulbing won her heat.

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