This week's Global Podium for the best sportspeople in the world features Suzanne Schulting, Mikael Kingsbury and Therese Johaug.
|Gold: Suzanne Schulting|
(Netherlands, Short-Track Speed Skating)
Suzanne had a historic run at the Short Track Speed Skating World Championships in The Netherlands: she won every single gold medal in the women’s categories: the 500 meters, 1000 meters, 1500 meters and 3000 meters Relay competitions, on top of the Overall World Championship. It is true that some of the powerhouses were absent but Suzanne was already the defending Overall World Championship and to win you have to show up. It was also an especially emotive Championship, as she succeeded her former teammate Lara van Ruijven (NED) as the 500 meters World Champion a year after she passed away, age 27.
Watch a short recap video (ISU)
|Silver: Mikael Kingsbury |
(Freestyle Skiing, Canada)
Mikael continues an almost perfect run for the past 2 years by taking gold at the Moguls competition of the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Championship, which places him as the best freestyle skier of all time at the World Championships, with a fifth gold. He increased his count today with a sixth gold medal, at the Dual Moguls.
Watch his Moguls gold medal run (FIS)
|Bronze: Therese Johaug |
(Norway, Cross-Country Skiing)
This week she added two more gold medals that brought her final total of four at the Nordic Ski World Championships: she had won the 15 kilometer Skiathlon and the 4×5 km Relay, and added the 10 km freestyle and 20 kilometer Classic Mass Start golds this week. She won in the 30 kilometers by over a minute and a half. She now has 14 gold medals and is 3rd of all time in the Nordic Ski World Championships. The Men’s 50 kilometer race was controversial: Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (NOR) crossed the line first over teammate Emil Iversen (NOR) and Alexander Bolshunov (RUS) but the Russians filed a successful protest that led to Klæbo’s disqualification. Klæbo did interfere with Bolshunov’s line in the final stretch but Bolshunov had gone wide first, leaving no room for the Norwegian.
Watch the highlights of her 30 kilometers gold (FIS)