Who is Johannes Hosflot Klaebo?
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo has been throwing it down on the World Cup in the run up to the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. At his first three World Cup events of the 2017-18 season Klaebo remained unbeaten; something he surely hopes to continue when he will no doubt be a favorite in every race he enters at his first Olympic Games.
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo grew up in Trodheim, Norway, roughly 300 miles north of Oslo. As a kid he dreamed of one day being a professional soccer player, but his family loved to cross-country ski. He received his first pair of skis from his grandfather when he was just two years old for Christmas.
Klaebo made his World Cup debut during the 2016-17 season, with an FIS ranking of 115th in sprint points. When the next to last point list was published for the 2016-17 season, he was number one. In 17 individual event starts he wound up on the podium a total of 12 times. Eight of those podium appearances were for gold.
At the 2017 World Championships in Lahti, Finland he won his first medal at Worlds – a bronze – in the sprint.
During his final season as a junior, Klaebo won three gold medals at the 2016 Junior World Championships, two of which were won in individual events. His performance landed him a training spot with the Norwegian national sprint team, where he soon realized he was keeping pace with some of the best cross-country skiers in the world.
Outside of cross-country
Having just turned 21 last October, Norway’s newest cross-country skiing star still lives at home with his parents and two siblings, when he isn’t on the road competing. When he is living the life of a champion cross-country skier, Klaebo turns on the camera to produce YouTube vlog videos, hoping they spur excitement around the world for his sport.