By Teemu Virtanen
After her victory in Marcialonga this Sunday, Britta Johansson Norgren, Lager 157 Ski Team, became the number one Legend on the prestigious Hall of Fame in Visma Ski Classics. This title means that she has won more long distance ski races in her career than anyone else. She now has 17 highest positions on the podium, which is one more than the previous record holder Anders Aukland, Team Ragde Eiendom.
Britta took a moment to answer our questions about this great achievement while getting ready for perhaps another victory this weekend in Toblach-Cortina. And there are still seven events left for her to hit the bull’s eye.
1.What does this title mean to you - to be the one who has the most wins in the history of long distance skiing?
Of course, it is very honorable but something that I will probably appreciate even more the day I finish my carrier.
2.How are you going to keep up the good work and get more victories?
I Just need to stay focused and constantly try to continue developing.
3. Who are the legends you look up to (not just in sports but life in general) and why?
My favorite is Astrid Lindgren, because I think she was a real role model and for all the fantastic books she wrote. But I also appreciate her for her fight for the rights of children, equality, ecology and animal welfare. I grew up in similar conditions as in the book “The children of the Noisy Village” but my favorite book is “The Brother Lionheart”
4. What would you like to say to the person you've just passed, Anders Aukland, as he is the second best at the moment?
The fact that Anders, after all these years out in the World Cup and in Visma Ski Classics can remain in the front of development, is really impressive and inspiring. And of course that inspires me to do the same thing.
5. Looking back to all of these wins, which is probably the most memorable one and why?
For me personally my win in Årefjällsloppet means a lot to me. I worked a lot on my herringbone technique for months without using it before that race. So, that finish felt extra good. But also my fight against Katerina Smutná in Marcialonga was something special.