Johannes Hoesflot KLAEBO

Norway NOR

Cross-Country

  • Year of Birth
    1996

Biography

Johannes Hoesflot KLAEBO

He was the hero of the 2017-2018 Olympic cross-country season: at age 21, Johannes Klaebo won three gold medals at PyeongChang 2018 to tie with French biathlete Martin Fourcade for the most gold medals won at the Games. The youngest Olympic champion in his sport, he also became, at the end of the season, the youngest winner of the big FIS Crystal Globe. Norway has a new star! 

On skis by the age of 2 

Johannes Høsflot Klaebo told his story to the FIS after winning his first Crystal Globe (in the sprint) at the end of the 2016-2017 season, his first on the World Cup circuit, during which he continued to compete at the junior level. "I’m a 20-year old guy from Trondheim. I still live with my younger brother, sister and my parents. My granddad gave me my first pair of skis for Christmas when I was two. Apparently, I was skiing in our living room the whole day. My mum and dad love cross-country skiing, and when we were kids we used to ski a lot together. When I was a kid we spent many hours skiing and jumping. But what I loved most was football. I spent virtually all my time on the pitch and I was sure I would become a footballer." 

A well-documented journey 

But in the end, growing up in a winter sports nation, it was through cross-country skiing that he would develop his sporting prowess. He participated in his first Junior World Championships in 2015 in Almaty (Kazakhstan), where he won two bronze medals, in the classic sprint and relay. In February 2016, in Râșnov (Romania) he competed in four events and won three gold medals: the freestyle sprint, the 10km classic and the relay. In the same season, he joined the World Cup circuit for the first time. In his second race at this level, in Ruka (Finland) in November 2016, he was on the podium: third in the sprint. He took his first World Cup title, again in the sprint, in Otepää (Estonia) on 18 February 2017, and finished the pre-Olympic season with a bang, winning the “minitour” of Quebec and the Crystal Globe for the sprint. In addition, at the beginning of the year, he started a “vlog” on his YouTube channel, through which he gives his fans – 60,000 subscribers, and some videos with over 200,000 views – a weekly insight into his life as a top-level athlete, by filming and commentating on his journeys across the snow-covered parts of the world. 

An Olympic winter at the top of the world

The young cross-country skier from Trondheim arrived at the PyeongChang Games with a formidable reputation. He was the sensation of the winter season, having already secured 12 wins and 19 podium finishes in 23 races on the World Cup circuit. He impressed audiences and his Norwegian team-mates alike, which included the winner of the overall standings of the last two FIS World Cups, Martin Jonhsrud Sundby. "What Klaebo’s done during these three days is just incredible. He’s probably the best Norwegian cross-country skier we’ve ever had. This kid is worth the admission fee alone. Only Bjorn Daehlie and Petter Northug are still ahead of him. He’s the best in the world already," said Sundby in Ruka at the start of the cross-country winter season from 24 to 26 November 2017, and where Johannes left everyone else behind. He continued his dominant form by winning a total of seven victories before the end of the year, a feat which had never been achieved in just the first two months of the cross-country World Cup. By which point he had a healthy lead in the overall standings.