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Therese Johaug

Therese Johaug Norwegian cross-country skier

Norwegian cross-country skier
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Norwegian cross-country skier
Is Cross-country skier
From Norway
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 25 June 1988, Os
Age: 31 years
The details
Biography

Therese Johaug (born 25 June 1988) is a Norwegian cross-country skier who has competed for the clubs Tynset IF and IL Nansen. In world championships she has won four individual gold medals along with three gold medals in relays and she is a three-time Olympic medallist.

Athletic career

After skiing some domestic races in the 2006 season, Johaug took part at the Norwegian Championships in 2007, winning a bronze at the 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit event. She was selected for two World Cup races prior to the World Championships, finishing eighth and 33rd in two interval start races over 10 km, which was enough to be selected for competition in the 30 km distance at the 2007 Sapporo World Championships where she won a surprising bronze medal.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she won gold in the 4 x 5 km relay, came sixth in the 15 km pursuit and seventh in the 30 km mass start (classic) race.

Johaug won her first individual gold medal in the 30 km mass start race at the 2011 World Championships in Oslo. She also won gold in the 4 x 5 km relay, bronze in the 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit and fourth in the 10 km individual start. At the 2013 World Championships she won her second individual gold medal in the 10 km freestyle race.

At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, she won the silver medal in the 30 km mass start (free) and the bronze medal in the 10 km classical, she also finished fourth in the 15 km skiathlon.

Johaug and compatriot Martin Johnsrud Sundby became the first Norwegians to win the Tour de Ski when they won the women's and men's competitions in the 2013-14 edition of the race. Johaug subsequently won the overall and distance competitions in the 2013–14 FIS Cross-Country World Cup.

She won the Birkebeinerrennet ski marathon in 2015 with a time of 2.41.46. That year she also enjoyed her most successful World Championship performance in Falun, where she took three gold medals: two in individual events (the 15km skiathlon and the 30km classic mass start) and one as part of the Norwegian women's team in the 4x5km relay.

Johaug followed her World Championship success with her best ever World Cup season in 2015-16, winning a second Tour de Ski by overturning a 39-second deficit to Ingvild Flugstad Østberg on the final stage to complete the climb up Alpe Cermis with a lead of 2 minutes 21 seconds over runner-up Østberg. She went on to capture the overall and distance World Cups, rounding off her season by winning the inaugural Ski Tour Canada in a similar fashion to her Tour de Ski win, eradicating Heidi Weng's 30 second lead on the final stage pursuit to take victory by over a minute.

Until 2016 Egil Kristiansen coached Johaug, and was described (by media) as "in reality her best coach ... [and he had] helped her master freestyle" skiing.

Doping

On 13 October 2016, it was made public that Johaug had tested positive for the anabolic steroid clostebol which is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In a press conference the same day, Johaug said that the presence of the substance was due to using the salve Trofodermin for her sore, sun burnt lips from 4 September to 15 September. The positive test was taken on 16 September. According to Johaug the salve had been handed over to her by the team's doctor Fredrik S. Bendiksen which at the press conference confirmed her story and said he had failed to notice that the salve contained a forbidden substance. Bendiksen resigned his position with immediate effect. On 19 October Johaug was suspended by Anti-Doping Norway for two months while the case was investigated further.

World Cup results

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).

Season titles

  • 4 titles – (2 overall, 2 distance)
Season Discipline
2014 Overall
Distance
2016 Overall
Distance

World Cup standings

 Season   Age  Season Standings Ski Tour Standings
Overall Distance Sprint Nordic
Opening
Tour de Ski World Cup
Final
Ski Tour
Canada
2007 18 44 23 N/A N/A N/A
2008 19 18 15 47 N/A 4 N/A N/A
2009 20 8 7 89 N/A 6 2 N/A
2010 21 17 14 61 N/A WD 7 N/A
2011 22 4 3 70 10 2 3 N/A
2012 23 3 3 38 2 3 4 N/A
2013 24 2 2 39 4 2 2 N/A
2014 25 1 1 32 3 1 1 N/A
2015 26 2 2 39 2 2 N/A N/A
2016 27 1 1 16 1 1 N/A 1
Key: WD denotes withdrawal from the tour.

Individual victories

  • 42 victories – (20 WC, 22 SWC)
 No.   Season  Date Location Discipline Level
1 2008–09 4 January 2009 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy  9 km F Pursuit Final Climb   Stage World Cup 
2 2010–11 28 November 2010 Finland Kuusamo, Finland 10 km F Pursuit Stage World Cup
3 9 January 2011 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 9 km F Pursuit Final Climb Stage World Cup
4 12 March 2011 Finland Lahti, Finland 10 km M Pursuit World Cup
5 2011–12 27 November 2011 Finland Kuusamo, Finland 10 km C Pursuit Stage World Cup
6 8 January 2012 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 9 km F Pursuit Final Climb Stage World Cup
7 5 February 2012 Russia Rybinsk, Russia 7.5+7.5 km C/F Skiathlon World Cup
8 3 March 2012 Finland Lahti, Finland 7.5+7.5 km C/F Skiathlon World Cup
9 18 March 2012 Sweden Falun, Sweden 10 km F Pursuit Stage World Cup
10 2012–13 6 January 2013 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 9 km F Pursuit Final Climb Stage World Cup
11 17 February 2013  Switzerland  Davos, Switzerland 10 km F Individual World Cup
12 17 March 2013 Norway Oslo, Norway 30 km F Mass Start World Cup
13 24 March 2013 Sweden Falun, Sweden 10 km F Pursuit Stage World Cup
14 2013–14 4 January 2014 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 5 km C Individual Stage World Cup
15 5 January 2014 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 9 km F Pursuit Final Climb Stage World Cup
16 28 December 2013 -
5 January 2014
GermanySwitzerlandItaly Tour de Ski Overall Standings World Cup
17 15 March 2014 Sweden Falun, Sweden 7.5+7.5 km C/F Skiathlon Stage World Cup
18 16 March 2014 Sweden Falun, Sweden 10 km F Pursuit Stage World Cup
19 14–16 March 2014 Sweden World Cup Final Overall Standings World Cup
20 2014–15 30 November 2014 Finland Ruka, Finland 10 km C Individual World Cup
21 6 December 2014 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 5 km F Individual Stage World Cup
22 7 December 2014 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 10 km C Pursuit Stage World Cup
23 13 December 2014  Switzerland  Davos, Switzerland 10 km C Individual World Cup
24 10 January 2015 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 10 km C Mass Start Stage World Cup
25 11 January 2015 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 9 km F Pursuit Final Climb Stage World Cup
26 2015–16 28 November 2015 Finland Ruka, Finland 5 km F Individual Stage World Cup
27 29 November 2015 Finland Ruka, Finland 10 km C Pursuit Stage World Cup
28 27–29 November 2015 Finland Nordic Opening Overall Standings World Cup
29 5 December 2015 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 7.5+7.5 km C/F Skiathlon World Cup
30 12 December 2015  Switzerland  Davos, Switzerland 15 km F Individual World Cup
31 20 December 2015 Italy Toblach, Italy 10 km C Individual World Cup
32 2 January 2016  Switzerland  Lenzerheide, Switzerland 15 km C Mass Start Stage World Cup
33 6 January 2016 Germany Oberstdorf, Germany 10 km C Mass Start Stage World Cup
34 10 January 2016 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 9 km F Pursuit Final Climb Stage World Cup
35 1–10 January 2016 SwitzerlandGermanyItaly Tour de Ski Overall Standings World Cup
36 23 January 2016 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km F Individual World Cup
37 7 February 2016 Norway Oslo, Norway 30 km F Mass Start World Cup
38 13 February 2016 Sweden Falun, Sweden 5 km C Individual World Cup
39 14 February 2016 Sweden Falun, Sweden 10 km F Mass Start World Cup
40 21 February 2016 Finland Lahti, Finland 7.5+7.5 km C/F Skiathlon World Cup
41 2 March 2016 Canada Montreal, Canada 10.5 km C Mass Start Stage World Cup
42 1–12 March 2016 Canada Ski Tour Canada Overall Standings World Cup

Team victories

  • 13 victories – (13 RL)
 No.  Season Date Location Discipline Level
1 2007–08 25 November 2007 Norway Beitostølen, Norway  4x5 km M Relay  World Cup (with Jacobsen / Skofterud / Bjørgen)
2 9 December 2007  Switzerland  Davos, Switzerland 4x5 km M Relay  World Cup  (with Stemland / Steira / Skofterud)
3 2008–09 23 November 2008 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4x5 km M Relay World Cup (with Bjørgen / Steira / Kristoffersen)
4 2009–10 7 March 2010 Finland Lahti, Finland 4x5 km M Relay World Cup (with Kristoffersen / Steira / Bjørgen)
5 2010–11 21 November 2010 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4x5 km M Relay World Cup (with Skofterud / Steira / Bjørgen)
6 12 December 2010 France La Clusaz, France 4x5 km M Relay World Cup (with Skofterud / Steira / Bjørgen)
7 2011–12 20 November 2011 Norway Sjusjøen, Norway 4x5 km M Relay World Cup (with Skofterud / Steira / Bjørgen)
8 12 February 2012 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 4x5 km M Relay World Cup (with Skofterud / Jacobsen / Bjørgen)
9 2012–13 25 November 2012 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4x5 km M Relay World Cup (with Skofterud / Hagen / Bjørgen)
10 20 January 2013 France La Clusaz, France 4x5 km M Relay World Cup (with Weng / Steira / Bjørgen)
11 2013–14 8 December 2013 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 4x5 km M Relay World Cup (with Weng / Steira / Bjørgen)
12 2015–16 6 December 2015 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 4x5 km M Relay World Cup (with Falla / Østberg / Weng)
13 24 January 2016 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 4x5 km M Relay World Cup (with Østberg / Weng / Jacobsen)

Overall record

Result Distance Races[a] Sprint Ski
Tours
Individual
Events
Team Events All Events
≤ 5 km[b] ≤ 10 km[b] ≤ 15 km[b] ≤ 30 km[b] ≥ 30 km[b] Pursuit[c] Skiathlon Team Sprint Relay
1st place 4 9 2 2 15 5 5 42 13 55
2nd place 1 7 1 2 9 1 7 28 1 29
3rd place 2 11 3 2 8 1 3 30 1 31
Podiums 7 27 6 6 32 7 15 100 15 115
Top 10 15 47 6 8 37 7 5 21 146 17 163
Points 26 56 9 8 41 7 30 21 198 17 215
Others 1 1 15 1[d] 18 18
Starts 27 57 9 8 41 7 45 22 216 17 233
a. 1 Classification is made according to FIS classification.
b. 1 2 3 4 5 Includes individual and mass start races.
c. 1 Includes pursuit and double pursuit races.
d. 1 Withdrawn from 2009–10 Tour de Ski.

Olympic results Olympic rings with white rims.svg

  • 3 medals – (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
  Year    Age   10 km 
individual
 15 km 
 skiathlon 
 30 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4x5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2010 21 6 7 1
2014 25 3 4 2 5

World Championship results

  • 11 medals – (7 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze)
  Year    Age   10 km 
individual
 15 km 
 skiathlon 
 30 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4x5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2007 18 3
2009 20 10 6 4 4
2011 22 4 3 1 1
2013 24 1 2 3 1
2015 26 27 1 1 1

Sponsors

Her sponsors are (as of 13 October 2016) Tag Heuer, Huawei, Isklar and Eger.

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