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Did Norway reverse a curse? Shaman says yes

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Athletes blame a lot of things for poor performances at an Olympics.

Injuries, bad track conditions, noise in the stadium.

But a curse?

Seems like a Norwegian shaman is convinced that B.C.’s First Nations placed a curse on Norwegian athletes.

The shaman thinks that a hunger strike by B.C. chiefs over Norwegian-owned fish farms was the root of the trouble reaching the podium.

The chiefs believe the farms harm wild salmon stocks and in turn a traditional way of life for their communities.

B.C. Chief Bob Chamberlain said of the shaman’s suggestion: "I can honestly report that I do not posses this kind of spiritual power he’s suggesting I do."

The chiefs' hunger strike ran until Tuesday night, concluding in good Canadian fashion with the Canada vs. Norway hockey game.

To that point, Norway had only won three medals. It has since won seven more, including Aksel Lund Svindal winning men's super-G yesterday. Just saying.

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