Marit BJOERGEN
START OF THE SPORTING CAREER

•Like all Norwegians, Marit Bjoergen grew up with Cross-Country skiing and learned it early in her life
•She was active kid and besides skiing she played football and handball
•She started to compete at the age of 7 and was beaten for the first time when she was 13 in a competition in Sweden
•She lived at a farm and had to help her parents

CAREER

•In 1999 she showed up for the first time at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Seefeld where she finished 5th in 5 km
•World Cup debut in December 1999
•In 2000 she started again at the Junior World Ski Championships but did not crack the top 10
•First World Cup win in 2002 in Düsseldorf as she won the season kick off sprint
•The Olympic in 2002 and has been in all Norwegian Olympic teams since then
•First World Championships title in 2003 in sprint free
•Marit Bjoergen has taken part in five FIS Nordic World Ski Championships since 2001 while her first victory came in sprint in Val di Fiemme 2003
•In Oberstdorf in 2005 she captured 5 medals including three golds, in the same season she won the overall World Cup ranking for the first time and was able to defend this title the season after
•At the Olympic Winter Games in Torino 2006 she claimed silver medal in 10 km classic
•Seasons after were marked by inconsistent performance. Turning point at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec 2009 – without a medal
•Bjoergen changed the training, started to work on mental aspects of performance and focused more on balance, technique and strength
•2009/10 season highlighted with five Olympic medals
•At the home FIS World Ski Championships in Oslo in 2011 she won four gold medals and one silver
•In 2011/12 season Bjoergen won the Overall World Cup
•In December 2012 Bjoergen recognized an irregularity of her hart beat and sit out FIS Tour de Ski 2012/13. Doctors did not find any health problem and Bjoergen could go to the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme
•At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme she won again four gold medals and one silver

- She won 3 Olympic gold medals in Sochi (Team sprint, 30 km F, Skiathlon)
- Bjoergen has recorded 89 World Cup victories as of 12.1.2015
- Winner of the 2015 Tour de Ski

PERSONAL

•Marit Bjorgen grew up on a farm with her mother Kristin, father Ola-Ivar and her sister Kari (02.03.1986) and brother Anders (03.03.1979) in a little town called Rognes, which is close to Trondheim
•Her boyfriend is Fred Börre Lundberg, a former Nordic Combined athlete

NATIONAL FIRSTS

•She is the most successful Norwegian female at Winter Olympic Games
•She was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 2010 – the highest award for a ski sport athlete in Norway

QUICK LINKS

Website: http://www.maritbjoergen.no/