30-kilometer mass start: Norway’s Therese Johaug wins third Olympic gold

Photo: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB

Norwegian athlete Therese Johaug won her third gold medal in the Beijing Olympics Games on Sunday. 

The weather conditions were harsh, with strong winds and low temperatures, but Johaug took the lead early on in the 30-kilometer mass start race and held on to win in 1 hour, 24 minutes, 54 seconds. 

Previously, she won the skiathlon and the 10-kilometer classic race.

Johaug was fighting back the tears after the finish.


“It was amazing. I can not say anything else. I tried to enjoy every second and minute out on the trail,” Johaug told Discovery

“This was my last Olympic race. It has been a dream to take three golds. The dream came true.”

American Jessie Diggins took silver, 1:43.3 behind Johaug. Kerttu secured the bronze, 2:33.3 behind.

Temperatures were around minus 14 degrees on Sunday, but the wind chill made it even colder. The women skied four laps on a 7.5-kilometer course.

Source: #Norway Today

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