Johannes Høsflot Klæbo wins Crystal Globe

Norwegian cross-country skier, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, made his mark at this season’s World Cup, winning the Crystal Globe in cross-country. The 22 year old skier holds multiple records for being the youngest male in history to win the FIS Cross-Country World Cup, the Tour de Ski, the World Championship event, and an Olympic event in cross-country skiing.

If you thought that was impressive, it doesn’t stop there. Klæbo also won three gold medals in his debut Olympic appearance at the 2018 Winter Olympics. And now, he’s won the Crystal Globe.

It was an incredibly exciting race, with close calls between Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov and Canadian skier Alex Harvey. Klæbo went into the race with a 0.52 margin to competitor Bolshunov. With Klæbo streaming ahead, Harvey and Bolshunov were fighting it out for second place, ultimately ending with Harvey securing the silver medal by 0.1 seconds.

In an interview with FIS straight after the race, Klæbo said “It’s been a hard fight from the start of the season, and Bolshunov has been very strong the whole season, and he was very strong today, and I hadn’t had my best day today, so it was really tough out there.”

“At the end I was fighting for the podium here and fighting for it overall, and I had some extra energy saved. It was really cool to cross the finish line first, and secure the globe, it’s unbelievable.”

The Norwegian skier topped off the Overall World Cup ranking, with 1,717 points. Bolshunov won silver, exactly 100 points behind Klæbo. Third place went to Sjur Røthe of Norway.

While the ski season may be over, we’re still reeling from the epic wins we’ve seen over the last few months!

For full results head to the FIS website.

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