Weng tops in skiers’ earnings

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Heidi Weng topped this year’s earnings list for Norwegian skiers, with total winnings of just over NOK 2.3 million (USD 274,000). By winning the overall World Cup, she beat her rivals, and not just at the finish line.

This season’s overall World Cup winner in cross-country skiing, Heidi Weng from Ytre Enebakk in Norway, also beat all her rivals in terms of race winnings: NOK 2.3 million. PHOTO: FIS2017

In addition comes earnings from various sponsorships and other support, but it’s the race winnings that seem most important. Weng, age 25, had to cede some races to Norway’ resurgent ski queen Marit Bjørgen, not least during the final events of the season in Quebec, Canada last weekend, but her winnings were nearly double those earned by Bjørgen, which amounted to around NOK 1.3 million.

Weng was simply in a class of her own this season, and she even earned more than Norway’s men on the ski trails. Martin Johnsrud Sundby ranked highest in winnings on the men’s team, with NOK 1.8 million, followed by Sergej Ustugov of Russia, who raked in the equivalent of NOK 1.46 million, and Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, with around NOK 1 million.

Stina Nilsson of Sweden and Krista Pärmäkoski of Finland earned the most between Weng and Bjørgen, meanwhile, winning NOK 1.3 million each.

Norway’s former champion skier Petter Northug had a poor season, winning only around NOK 30,000.

newsinenglish.no staff