THREE QUESTIONS TO THE WINNER OF THE TOUR DE SKI

06.01.2014
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Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) and Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) were the first Norwegians to win the Tour de Ski. The famous „three questions“ to the queen and king of this year‘s Tour de Ski:
What does this victory at the Tour de Ski mean for you?


Therese Johaug: It was a dream which became true for me today. It was really big for me to be the first Norwegian to cross this finishline at first. It was a big pressure for me, because it had been eight years where nobody in the Norwegian team was able to win the Tour de Ski. And that it should be me who is the first - I can’t believe it.

Martin Johnsrud Sundby: A dream came true for me. It has been a long way. It has been hard work for many many years – almost 30 years now. This is a dream I had for at least eight years now – since the start of the Tour de Ski. It is an amazing day for sure.

 
How was your feeling during the race?


Therese Johaug: It was a really tough race today with the fresh falling snow. I had to work hard with my legs and arms. I tried to push all the way up and when I overtook Astrid, I tried to keep the distance on her. And to cross the finishline at first was just amazing - even better as Astrid and Heidi wer able to join me on the podium.


Martin Johnsrud Sundby: I did not have the best day today. I had to take it easy into the climb and decided to go in medium pace to not become tired and keep the others on a distance. It was tough going first in the snow today. And it was quite slow, but I had it under control J.
 

How are your plans for the next weeks?


Therese Johaug: Now I focus on the Olympics in Sochi which is my biggest goal this season. But first it will be good to come home and have some quite days. I will go away from the competition and the training the next days to do something else. At the end of next week I will start to train again for the Olympics. You have to be in good shape in Sochi, but however you have to have your day to win a medal there.
 
Martin Johnsrud Sundby: No question about that: The Olympics are the main goal for the season. Actually the only thing I trained for. So now it will be interesting to see how my body responds after these extremely hard ten days. It has been very tough. In December I trained 90 hours – for sure in January I will not train 90 hours – I will train perhaps half of that. I think I have a good plan to get in shape for the Olympics. I will try to get more punsh, to be even stronger and not to be so tired. I actually was quite tired before the Tour and I am surprised by myself to go so fast during this Tour de Ski.