The first gold medallist of the Beijing Winter Olympics almost made it to the Tokyo Olympics

2022-06-22 0 By

On February 5, Therese Johaug of Norway won the first gold medal of the Beijing Winter Olympics in the women’s cross-country skiing double Chase (7.5km traditional technique + 7.5km free technique).This afternoon, she won the women’s 10km (traditional technique) in 28:06.3, just 0.4 seconds ahead of the runner-up for her third Olympic gold medal.But what you may not know is that Johaig almost made it to the Tokyo Olympics last summer:In May, she finished second in a 10,000m race in Oslo in 31:32.88, less than eight seconds slower than the Olympic standard time of 31:25.00, missing the Tokyo Olympics.Karoline Bjerkli Grøvdal won that race with a personal best of 30:50.84. She also qualified for Tokyo, where she failed to finish.Gravdahl’s highlight last year was setting a then-world record of 14:39 in a 5km race, but the course was verified to be 12.5m too short…30:13.74 Norwegian women’s 10,000m record was set by legendary Ingrid Kristiansen in 1986. It was the world record until wang Junxia broke it in 1993 with 29:31.78 at the 7th National Games in Beijing.Johaig 31:32.88 would rank fourth in Norwegian history.Born on June 25, 1988, Johaig made her third trip to the Winter Olympics. In 2010, she won a gold medal in the women’s 4× 5km relay in Vancouver.Four years later, he won a silver medal in the 30km mass start (free technique) and a bronze medal in the 10km mass start (traditional technique) in Sochi.But in October 2016, Johaiug missed the Pyeongchang Games after being banned for 18 months for testing positive for the anabolic androgen steroid clostebol.Johaig is considered one of the most successful women’s cross-country skiers of all time and has been named Norway’s Sportswoman of the Year several times.