WOMEN Marit Bjoergen
INTERNATIONAL NORDIC SKIER OF THE YEAR
This season, Norway’s Marit Bjoergen scored almost 3,000 World
Cup points. That’s a lot of points. The woman who was nearly
unstoppable last season saw similar form both early and in the later
part of the season to close out her overall title.
The only consistent challenge she saw was from Justyna
Kowalczyk, who denied Bjoergen yet another Tour de Ski Title.
Bjoergen has finished secod in this event twice, but opted out last
year to prepare for the World Champs in Oslo, where she took
home the most hardware among the ladies on her home turf.
Despite her dominance in the last two seasons, it was actually
Kowalczyk who took home the overall title in 2010 and 2011. In fact,
before this season Bjoergen hadn’t won the overall since 2006.
It’s a big deal and a good sign for the Norwegian veteran, who has
committed to racing through 2015.
As with the Canadians and the Americans, we see a superstar
really lifting the rest of the team to the next level: the Norwegian
women had arguably one of their most dominant seasons in history,
including stacking seven and even eight women into the top 10 in a
couple of World Cups as well as winning both of the relays on the
World Cup this season.