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 […]

Skier Johaug tries to save her career

Therese Johaug, known for screaming with joy when she won race after race on the international skiing circuit, sat still and unsmiling just before a two-day hearing began on doping charges against her on Wednesday. Prosecutor Niels Kiær revealed that the concentration of the banned steroid for which she tested positive in September was much higher […]

Triumphant Bjørgen to testify in Johaug case

Marit Bjørgen could polish her crown as Norway’s skiing queen over the weekend but then had to gear up for less pleasant tasks off the ski trails. After winning again in World Cup competition, she was set to testify in the doping case against her distressed national teammate Therese Johaug. Just days after winning two World Cup […]

Johaug’s suspension extended

Antidoping Norge announced Friday that they were extending the suspension of Norway’s top cross-country skier Therese Johaug by two months, until February 19, pending the outcome of a hearing on the charges against her. Johaug, meanwhile, isn’t giving up a comeback and already has a new support apparatus around her. The extension was called “routine,” […]

Johaug suspended for 14 months

Norway’s anti-doping agency has determined that top skier Therese Johaug should be suspended for 14 months after she tested positive for a steroid in September. Anti-Doping Norge’s committee that prosecutes doping cases claimed that Johaug is to blame for not checking the contents of a cream she used to treat sun-blistered lips. Johaug was sentenced “to the loss […]

Johaug fears she’ll miss entire season

Norway’s skiing champion Therese Johaug, her reputation at stake after testing positive for a steroid, agreed to answer more questions on Thursday but didn’t have many new answers. The teary-eyed Johaug still insists she’s innocent of any attempt to intentionally take steroids, and now fears she may miss the entire upcoming ski season. She noted how her life […]

Johaug suspended, doctor faces charges

UPDATED: Norway’s world champion skier Therese Johaug has been suspended for two months by the legal committee of the country’s anti-doping agency, Antidoping Norge, after testing positive for use of a banned substance. Her doctor also faces charges and the suspension means Johaug, who has ranked among the world’s best cross-country skiers for several years, will most likely be […]

‘Arrogance’ ruins sports reputation

NEWS ANALYSIS: As news broke Monday that skiing star Therese Johaug had herself overlooked a clear doping warning on a package of lip salve, it’s not just Norway’s skiers who are suffering a sharp loss of credibility. The country’s entire sports bureaucracy is under fire, for all kinds of reasons, with commentators claiming that those […]

Johaug ‘crushed,’ doctor resigns

UPDATED: Norway’s cross-country skiing star Therese Johaug, crying throughout a mid-day press conference on Thursday, repeated claims that she was “crushed” after testing positive for a banned steroid that was contained in a medical cream she used to treat sunburned lips last summer. She also said she was “furious” and “so innocent” in the doping violation that has thrown Norwegian […]

New doping flap hits sports elite

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway has long clung to a reputation of having top athletes free of doping scandals, but that’s now being severely challenged by controversy over skiers’ use of asthma medicine. Norwegian sports officials were facing another torrent of criticism on Friday from both inside and outside the country, while a government minister demanded a full, independent […]