|Born||25 June 1988|
Os, Hedmark, Norway
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Ski club||IL Nansen|
|World Cup career|
|Overall titles||2 – (2014, 2016)|
|Discipline titles||3 – (3 DI)|
|Updated on 2 March 2019.|
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 seven individual gold medals along with three gold medals in relays and she is a three-time Olympic medallist.
In October 2016 Johaug was suspended for a period of 18 months due to a positive drug test.
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.
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), the bronze medal in the 10 km classical, and 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.
In September 2016, Johaug was tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug called Clostebol, an anabolic steroid. Johaug said that the substance came from an ointment for her sore, sunburnt lips, which she said she used from 4 to 15 September. Plausibility of this explanation has been widely questioned. The ointment she claims to have used is called Trofodermin. It contains Clostebol. A big red warning label with the word “Doping” is normally printed on its packaging. Johaug said that the drug was given to her by the team's physician, Fredrik S. Bendiksen. Bendiksen said that he didn’t notice that it contained a forbidden substance. He resigned his position as a team's physician, but he remains closely associated with elite Norwegian skiing.  Bendiksen had previously worked for Pfizer, the medical company that produces the salve in question.
The concentration of clostebol that was measured in her blood is by itself consistent with her explanation of using Trofodermin on her lips right before the test was taken. It is also consistent with using Clostebol in large doses in the weeks before the test. The positive drug test was taken after Johaug did not have any doping control for a period of four months.
On 19 October Johaug was suspended by Anti-Doping Norway for two months while the case was investigated. Johaug was later given a 13-month suspension by the Norwegian Olympic Committee. This ban would have expired in time to allow Johaug to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics, but In March 2017, the International Ski Federation appealed this decision. They argued that the suspension was at the low end of applicable suspensions and failed to reflect the fact that the athlete had missed a printed doping warning label. On 22 August 2017 the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) issued a decision "in which Ms Johaug is suspended for a period of 18 months commencing on 18 October 2016". As a result of the suspension Johaug was not able to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
World Cup results
- 5 titles – (2 overall, 3 distance)
World Cup standings
|Season||Age||Season Standings||Ski Tour Standings|
|2017||29||suspended: not allowed to compete||N/A|
- 52 victories – (28 WC, 24 SWC)
- 111 podiums – (59 WC, 52 SWC)
|1||2006–07||24 March 2007||Falun, Sweden||7.5 km + 7.5 km Pursuit C/F||World Cup||3rd|
|2||2007–08||2 January 2008||Nové Město, Czech Republic||10 km Individual C||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|3||9 January 2008||Otepää, Estonia||10 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|4||2008–09||6 December 2008||La Clusaz, France||15 km Mass Start F||World Cup||3rd|
|5||4 January 2009||Val di Fiemme, Italy||9 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|6||21 March 2009||Falun, Sweden||5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|7||22 March 2009||Falun, Sweden||10 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|8||18–22 March 2009||World Cup Final||Overall Standings||World Cup||2nd|
|9||2009–10||6 March 2010||Lahti, Finland||7.5 km + 7.5 km Pursuit C/F||World Cup||3rd|
|10||13 March 2010||Oslo, Norway||30 km Mass Start F||World Cup||3rd|
|11||20 March 2010||Falun, Sweden||5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|12||2010–11||28 November 2010||Rukatunturi, Finland||10 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|13||11 December 2010||Davos, Switzerland||10 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|14||8 January 2011||Val di Fiemme, Italy||10 km Mass Start C||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|15||9 January 2011||Val di Fiemme, Italy||9 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|16||31 December 2010
– 9 January 2011
|Tour de Ski||Overall Standings||World Cup||2nd|
|17||22 January 2011||Otepää, Estonia||10 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|18||12 March 2011||Lahti, Finland||5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F||World Cup||1st|
|19||18 March 2011||Falun, Sweden||2.5 km Individual C||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|20||19 March 2011||Falun, Sweden||5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|21||20 March 2011||Falun, Sweden||10 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|22||16–20 March 2011||World Cup Final||Overall Standings||World Cup||3rd|
|23||2011–12||27 November 2011||Rukatunturi, Finland||10 km Pursuit C||Stage World Cup||1st|
|24||25–27 November 2011||Nordic Opening||Overall Standings||World Cup||2nd|
|25||10 December 2011||Davos, Switzerland||15 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|26||17 December 2011||Rogla, Slovenia||10 km Mass Start C||World Cup||2nd|
|27||30 December 2011||Oberhof, Germany||10 km Pursuit C||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|28||1 January 2012||Oberstdorf, Germany||5 km + 5 km Skiathlon C/F||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|29||5 January 2012||Toblach, Italy||15 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|30||8 January 2012||Val di Fiemme, Italy||9 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|31||29 December 2011
– 8 January 2012
|Tour de Ski||Overall Standings||World Cup||3rd|
|32||22 January 2012||Otepää, Estonia||10 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|33||5 February 2012||Rybinsk, Russia||7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F||World Cup||1st|
|34||11 February 2012||Nové Město, Czech Republic||15 km Mass Start C||World Cup||3rd|
|35||18 February 2012||Szklarska Poręba, Poland||10 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|36||3 March 2012||Lahti, Finland||7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F||World Cup||1st|
|37||11 March 2012||Oslo, Norway||30 km Mass Start C||World Cup||3rd|
|38||17 March 2012||Falun, Sweden||10 km Mass Start C||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|39||18 March 2012||Falun, Sweden||10 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|40||2012–13||24 November 2012||Gällivare, Sweden||10 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|41||2 December 2012||Rukatunturi, Finland||10 km Pursuit C||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|42||30 December 2012||Oberhof, Germany||9 km Pursuit C||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|43||3 January 2013||Toblach-Cortina||15 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|44||6 January 2013||Val di Fiemme, Italy||9 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|45||29 December 2012
– 6 January 2013
|Tour de Ski||Overall Standings||World Cup||2nd|
|46||19 January 2013||La Clusaz, France||10 km Mass Start C||World Cup||2nd|
|47||17 February 2013||Davos, Switzerland||10 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|48||17 March 2013||Oslo, Norway||30 km Mass Start F||World Cup||1st|
|49||23 March 2013||Falun, Sweden||10 km Mass Start C||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|50||24 March 2013||Falun, Sweden||10 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|51||20–24 March 2013||World Cup Final||Overall Standings||World Cup||2nd|
|52||2013–14||30 November 2013||Rukatunturi, Finland||5 km Individual C||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|53||1 December 2013||Rukatunturi, Finland||10 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||2nd|
– 1 December 2013
|Nordic Opening||Overall Standings||World Cup||3rd|
|55||14 December 2013||Davos, Switzerland||15 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|56||1 January 2014||Lenzerheide, Switzerland||10 km Mass Start||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|57||3 January 2014||Toblach-Cortina||15 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|58||4 January 2014||Val di Fiemme, Italy||5 km Individual C||Stage World Cup||1st|
|59||5 January 2014||Val di Fiemme, Italy||9 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|60||28 December 2013
– 5 January 2014
|Tour de Ski||Overall Standings||World Cup||1st|
|61||1 February 2014||Toblach, Italy||10 km Individual C||World Cup||2nd|
|62||2 March 2014||Lahti, Finland||10 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|63||9 March 2014||Oslo, Norway||30 km Mass Start C||World Cup||2nd|
|64||15 March 2014||Falun, Sweden||7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|65||16 March 2014||Falun, Sweden||10 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|66||14–16 March 2014||World Cup Final||Overall Standings||World Cup||1st|
|67||2014–15||30 November 2014||Rukatunturi, Finland||10 km Individual C||World Cup||1st|
|68||6 December 2014||Lillehammer, Norway||5 km Individual F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|69||7 December 2014||Lillehammer, Norway||10 km Pursuit C||Stage World Cup||1st|
|70||5–7 December 2014||Nordic Opening||Overall Standings||World Cup||2nd|
|71||13 December 2014||Davos, Switzerland||10 km Individual C||World Cup||1st|
|72||4 January 2015||Oberstdorf, Germany||10 km Pursuit C||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|73||7 January 2015||Toblach, Italy||5 km Individual C||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|74||8 January 2015||Toblach, Italy||15 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|75||10 January 2015||Val di Fiemme, Italy||10 km Mass Start C||Stage World Cup||1st|
|76||11 January 2015||Val di Fiemme, Italy||9 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|77||3–11 January 2015||Tour de Ski||Overall Standings||World Cup||2nd|
|78||15 February 2015||Östersund, Sweden||10 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|79||15 March 2015||Oslo, Norway||30 km Mass Start F||World Cup||2nd|
|80||2015–16||28 November 2015||Rukatunturi, Finland||5 km Individual F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|81||29 November 2015||Rukatunturi, Finland||10 km Pursuit C||Stage World Cup||1st|
|82||27–29 November 2015||Nordic Opening||Overall Standings||World Cup||1st|
|83||5 December 2015||Lillehammer, Norway||7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F||World Cup||1st|
|84||12 December 2015||Davos, Switzerland||15 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|85||20 December 2015||Toblach, Italy||10 km Individual C||World Cup||1st|
|86||2 January 2016||Lenzerheide, Switzerland||15 km Mass Start C||Stage World Cup||1st|
|87||3 January 2016||Lenzerheide, Switzerland||5 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|88||6 January 2016||Oberstdorf, Germany||10 km Mass Start C||Stage World Cup||1st|
|89||9 January 2016||Val di Fiemme, Italy||10 km Mass Start C||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|90||10 January 2016||Val di Fiemme, Italy||9 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|91||1–10 January 2016||Tour de Ski||Overall Standings||World Cup||1st|
|92||23 January 2016||Nové Město, Czech Republic||10 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|93||7 February 2016||Oslo, Norway||30 km Mass Start C||World Cup||1st|
|94||13 February 2016||Falun, Sweden||5 km Individual C||World Cup||1st|
|95||14 February 2016||Falun, Sweden||10 km Mass Start F||World Cup||1st|
|96||21 February 2016||Lahti, Finland||7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F||World Cup||1st|
|97||2 March 2016||Montreal, Canada||10.5 km Mass Start C||Stage World Cup||1st|
|98||5 March 2016||Quebec City, Canada||10 km Pursuit F||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|99||9 March 2016||Canmore, Canada||7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|100||12 March 2016||Canmore, Canada||10 km Pursuit C||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|101||1–12 March 2016||Ski Tour Canada||Overall Standings||World Cup||1st|
|102||2018–19||25 November 2018||Rukatunturi, Finland||10 km Individual C||World Cup||1st|
|103||1 December 2018||Lillehammer, Norway||10 km Individual F||Stage World Cup||1st|
|104||2 December 2018||Lillehammer, Norway||10 km Pursuit C||Stage World Cup||1st|
– 2 December 2018
|Nordic Opening||Overall Standings||World Cup||1st|
|106||8 December 2018||Beitostølen, Norway||15 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|107||16 December 2018||Davos, Switzerland||10 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|108||20 January 2019||Otepää, Estonia||10 km Individual C||World Cup||1st|
|109||26 January 2019||Ulricehamn, Sweden||10 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
|110||10 March 2019||Oslo, Norway||30 km Mass Start C||World Cup||1st|
|111||17 March 2019||Falun, Sweden||10 km Individual F||World Cup||1st|
- 15 victories – (15 RL)
- 17 podiums – (17 RL)
|1||2007–08||25 November 2007||Beitostølen, Norway||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Jacobsen / Skofterud / Bjørgen|
|2||9 December 2007||Davos, Switzerland||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Stemland / Steira / Skofterud|
|3||2008–09||23 November 2008||Gällivare, Sweden||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Bjørgen / Steira / Kristoffersen|
|4||7 December 2008||La Clusaz, France||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||3rd||Stemland / Nilsen / Steira|
|5||2009–10||22 November 2009||Beitostølen , Norway||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||2nd||Skofterud / Steira / Bjørgen|
|6||7 March 2010||Lahti, Finland||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Kristoffersen / Steira / Bjørgen|
|7||2010–11||21 November 2010||Gällivare, Sweden||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Skofterud / Steira / Bjørgen|
|8||19 December 2010||La Clusaz, France||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Skofterud / Steira / Bjørgen|
|9||2011–12||21 November 2010||Sjusjøen, Norway||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Skofterud / Steira / Bjørgen|
|10||19 December 2010||Nové Město, Czech Republic||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Skofterud / Jacobsen / Bjørgen|
|11||2012–13||25 November 2012||Gällivare, Sweden||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Skofterud / Hagen / Bjørgen|
|12||20 January 2013||La Clusaz, France||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Weng / Steira / Bjørgen|
|13||2013–14||8 December 2013||Lillehammer, Norway||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Weng / Steira / Bjørgen|
|14||2015–16||6 December 2015||Lillehammer, Norway||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Falla / Østberg / Weng|
|15||24 January 2016||Nové Město, Czech Republic||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Østberg / Weng / Jacobsen|
|16||2018–19||9 December 2018||Beitostølen, Norway||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Weng / Haga / Østberg|
|17||27 January 2019||Ulricehamn, Sweden||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||1st||Weng / Jacobsen / Østberg|
|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|
- 3 medals – (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
|Year||Age|| 10 km
| 15 km
| 30 km
|Sprint|| 4 × 5 km
| Team |
|2018||29||suspended: not allowed to compete|
World Championship results
- 14 medals – (10 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze)
|Year||Age|| 10 km
| 15 km
| 30 km
|Sprint|| 4 × 5 km
| Team |
|2017||28||suspended: not allowed to compete|
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