The most titled Norwegian: “What a relief when I was excluded from the anti-doping law infringement procedure”
She retired in 2018 after eight gold, four silver and three bronze medals at the Olympics, 18 world titles and 114 cross-country skiing World Cup victories – no woman decorated like her at the Winter Games. Now Marit Bjorgen, the most loved by Norwegians, 40, who returned only for the long distance, reveals: “In April 2017 I received a phone call from our doctor Petter Olberg, who asked me if I was alone in the house, he told me that had received a communication from the FIS. Lahti’s lab found a discrepancy in a urine sample of mine taken after the 30km. I started having stomach cramps and crying. He told me to calm down, because the FIS was only asking for an explanation. The urine sample contained traces of 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of nandrolone. Olberg explained to me that it could have come from having taken Primolut-Nor, a drug used to relieve premenstrual symptoms. Together with the doctor we have prepared and provided all the necessary documentation for the FIS. I had to explain when I started taking the drug, when I stopped and the amount I took day by day ”.
Multi-Olympic cross-country skiing champion Marit Bjoergen reveals her positivity in a doping control 4 years ago during the presentation on Norwegian TV of her biography “The heart of a winner”. “Two weeks have passed, which for me have been hellish – remembers the 41-year-old former cross-country skier -. A few months earlier there had been the Therese Johaug doping case and it had caused a sensation. I was wondering what my press conference would be like to explain everything, if people would believe me. You cannot imagine the relief when the FIS communicated that the explanation provided was satisfactory and there was no need to open any anti-doping law infringement procedure ”.
12 October – 20:43
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