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Skier almost blows gold by celebrating too early Published: February 18, 2014

As Leon Lett, Lindsay Jacobellis and DeSean Jackson can attest, it never pays to celebrate earlier. Norwegian cross-country skier Emil Hegle Svendsen almost found that out the hard way on Tuesday, when he nearly blew a gold medal at the finish line in the 15km mass start because of a premature celebration, according to USA TODAY Sports.

While Svendsen’s hands went skyward to celebrate the race he had yet to win, France’s Martin Fourcade almost snuck past to steal a gold. It took a photo finish and a matter of inches to declare Svendsen the winner.

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