Cross-country skier Johaug slips into retirement

FILE PHOTO: Victory Ceremony - Cross-Country Skiing - Women's 30km Mass Start Free
FILE PHOTO: Beijing 2022 Olympic Games – Medal Ceremony – Cross-Country Skiing – Women’s 30km Mass Start Free – National Stadium, Beijing, China – February 20, 2022. Gold medalist Therese Johaug of Norway celebrates on the podium. REUTERS/Phil Noble

March 4, 2022

(Reuters) – Four-time Olympic gold medalist Therese Johaug of Norway announced her retirement from cross-country skiing on Friday, ending a career that also included 14 gold medals at world championships.

Johaug, who missed the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games while serving an 18-month doping ban, has also won three overall World Cup titles. She won three of her Olympic titles at the Beijing Winter Games last month.

“I don’t really want the journey to end, but everything has its time and I think the time has come to do other things than compete in cross-country,” she said on Instagram.

The 33-year-old had already announced that the Beijing Games would be her last Olympics.

In 2010, Johaug won her first Olympic gold with the 4x5K relay in Vancouver and her second, third and fourth more than a decade later.

She won gold in the 10km individual, 15km skiathlon and 30km mass start at the Beijing Olympics, as well as bronze and silver medals at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Johaug tested positive for a banned substance in 2016 and was initially banned for 13 months before her suspension was extended to 18 months by the sport’s tribunal.

Her final race will be the 30K in Holmenkollen, Norway on Saturday.

(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk; Editing by Toby Davis) Cross-country skier Johaug slips into retirement


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