Therese Johaug has created a lot of headlines through her athleticism during the preseason. When Johaug finished 10,000 meters in the Norwegian Championships completely, she crushed the resistance and came in at 32.20.87, a time that would have led to a medal battle in the recent European Championships.
And Johaug himself has flirted with the idea of competing at the European Championships
"It would have been fun to try out at the European Championships in athletics, I have to admit that," Johaug previously told NRK."Difficult to combine with skis"
But a possible European Championship bet makes Norwegian skiing team manager Ole Morten Iversen worried. In an interview with NRK, Iversen says he does not want to deny Johaug a bet on athletics but that the consequences of an EM bet worry him:
- I want Therese in the skiing team, obviously. Participating in a couple of 10,000-meter races is completely unproblematic. But if the goal is to win the European Championships, I think it requires so much that it can be difficult to combine with skis.
Ole Morten Iversen has no doubt about Johaug's 10,000 meter skills:
- What happened at NM was not surprising to us who know Therese. She has a crazy good motor that few in the world can match. Although it is a long road to those who run fastest at 10 00 meters, I am quite sure that she could become one of the world's best if she had invested in it.
Therese Johaug. Photo: Photo Agency