Johaug drops doping appeal

As the shock subsides over Therese Johaug’s 18-month suspension from the sport she loves, the skiing star herself has decided not to appeal her doping verdict to Switzerland’s Supreme Court. She’s now training for an expected comeback when her suspension ends on April 17, 2018. “There was an extremely small chance the case would be taken up […]

Johaug: ‘I am completely crushed’

She’s been the darling of Norwegian cross-country skiing fans, known for all her victories in international competition, for screaming and laughing with joy after crossing the finish line first, and for even throwing herself into the open arms of King Harald V. On Tuesday Therese Johaug told Norwegian reporters she was “completely crushed” after an international […]

Johaug fights to save her career

UPDATED: Norway’s cross-country skiing champion Therese Johaug was back testifying on her own behalf this week, as she continued to vigorously defend herself against doping charges. Now she welcomes a verdict from the Swiss court of arbitration handling sports cases (CAS), as she tries to save her brilliant career. “I’ll get an international verdict, and […]

Case dropped against Johaug’s doctor

UPDATED: Norway’s anti-doping agency has decided to drop its case against Dr Fredrik Bendiksen, the former doctor for the Norwegian national ski team. Bendiksen was the doctor who purchased a tube of lip cream in Italy and gave it to star skier Therese Johaug to use, without noticing that it contained a steroid that led to Johaug’s […]

FIS not satisfied with skier’s suspension

The international skiing federation FIS has decided to appeal the 13-month suspension of Norwegian skier Therese Johaug for her use of a lip cream to treat painful lip sores. She has claimed she was unaware the cream contained a steroid for which she tested positive last summer. The FIS board is clearly not satisfied, however, with the […]

Johaug won’t appeal suspension herself

Norwegian skier Therese Johaug has opted against appealing the 13-month suspension from all competition and team training that she was handed last week by a sports tribunal in Norway. Her lawyer told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Wednesday that she now just wants to concentrate on her skiing and not on an appeal. It remains possible for […]

More sponsors may dump Johaug

UPDATED: Ski producer Fischer isn’t the only sponsor who may withdraw from contracts they have with Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug. Several other companies that have sponsored her, including Oakley, Colgate and Tagheuser, have a right to revoke contracts following her doping conviction that currently has resulted in a 13-month suspension from her sport. “This […]

Johaug verdict ‘likely to be appealed’

A 13-month ban from competition that was lodged against world champion Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug on Friday remains subject to appeal by a variety of players, not least Johaug herself. A member of the international ski federation FIS’ board reportedly told media in Finland Friday night that an appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Switzerland (CAS) […]

Johaug clothing sales halted in Finland

Doping-charged skier Therese Johaug hasn’t only lost this season’s potential winnings on the ski trails, she’s also losing money on sales of her line of clothing. “In Norway, sales are still good, but we have chosen to pull out of Finland,” said Øystein Bråta, director of Nordic operations for Active Brands, which owns the Johaug […]

Johaug’s ‘good day’ at doping hearing

Norwegian skier Therese Johaug won important support on Thursday in her fight against suspension on doping charges, from both the national team’s doctor and her fellow star skier Marit Bjørgen. Both relieved her of full blame for using a lip salve to treat sunburn sores that contained a banned steroid. “I would have done the same as Therese in this […]