Therese Johaug has told Marit Bjørgen that she should aim for this winter’s World Championships in Oberstdorf.
According to the Norwegian broadcaster, NRK Björgen then said this to Johaug.
“She can come directly from the World Championships and race Vasaloppet, and try to beat me there.”
In an interview with NRK at the end of November, Therese Johaug said that she would like to see Marit Bjørgen aim for the Norwegian relay team to the World Championships.
However, Bjørgen has clarified that she is not aiming for a comeback in the Norwegian national team. The 40-year-old focuses on long distance skiing and especially Vasaloppet on the first Sunday in March.
Bjørgen also tells NRK that she thinks Johaug has a lot to work on when it comes to double poling and hopes to see her in Vasaloppet.
“I’ll give her something to think about. In double poling, she has a bit left to learn. Now I’m joking around with her a bit and say she can attend Vasaloppet. She can come directly from the World Championships in Oberstdorf to Vasaloppet to try to beat me,” says Bjørgen to NRK.
The other day, Team Ragde Eiendom had the Ragde Indoor Challenge, which we wrote about before. Marit was stronger than Therese on the double poling machine, but Therese ran exceptionally on the treadmill.
Björgen herself keeps Britta Johansson Norgren and Lina Korsgren as her most difficult rivals in Vasaloppet.
“I don’t know if I have a chance against Britta and Lina. They are really strong and have been in long distance skiing for a long time. But I will do the best I can,” says Björgen
Photo: Team Ragde Eiendom.