Simen Hegstad Kruger

Simen Hegstad Kruger

Norwegian skier
Date of Birth: 13.03.1993
Country: Norway

  1. Biography of Simen Hegstad Krüger
  2. Early Successes
  3. Debut in World Cup
  4. First World Cup Podium
  5. Olympic Triumph
  6. Preferred Events

Biography of Simen Hegstad Krüger

Early Successes

Simen Hegstad Krüger is a Norwegian cross-country skier, who is known for his achievements in the sport. He first found success at the junior level, winning a silver medal in the relay at the 2013 Junior World Championships. Two years later, at the 2015 Championships in Almaty, he won another silver medal in the 15km race in the freestyle technique. In 2016, at the Junior World Championships in Râșnov, Romania, Krüger became the world champion in the 15km race.

Debut in World Cup

Krüger made his debut in the World Cup on March 16, 2013, at the famous Holmenkollen marathon in Oslo. In his first race, he finished 43rd, more than eight minutes behind the winner, Alexander Legkov of Russia. Due to tough competition, Krüger struggled to secure a spot in the Norwegian national team for a long time and only became a regular member of the main team in the 2016/2017 season.

First World Cup Podium

On January 4, 2017, in Oberstdorf, Germany, Krüger displayed his talent by achieving the third-best time in the pursuit race. Just two days later, in Toblach, Italy, he reached the podium for the first time in the Tour de Ski, a stage of the World Cup. A year later, on December 16, 2017, Krüger secured his first World Cup victory by winning the 15km race with an individual start. Two weeks later, he won the same distance at the National Championships and secured a place in the Norwegian national team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Olympic Triumph

On the second day of the Olympic Games, in the skiathlon event, Krüger had a dramatic start when he fell just one kilometer into the race, causing a pile-up involving two Russian skiers. Despite breaking his ski pole, Krüger managed to catch up with the leaders on the skate portion of the race. He then made a breakaway three kilometers before the finish line and achieved his first international victory, winning the gold medal and becoming the Olympic champion of 2018.

Preferred Events

Simen Hegstad Krüger excels in distance races, particularly in the freestyle technique with an individual start. He represents the Lyn Ski club in Norway.