More to come at PyeongChang 2018?
True to her word, Bjoergen was back in competitive action before the following year was out, appearing in and winning an FIS 10km freestyle race in Beitostolen (NOR) in November 2016.
She made her World Cup return in Ruka (FIN) at the end of the month, scoring a win in the 10km classical. She secured the 106th World Cup victory of her career in the same event in Otepäa (EST) on 19 February 2017, the prelude to her four golds at the Worlds in Lahti, a haul that only German Nordic combined skier Johannes Rydzek could match.
Further World Cup success came her way late on in the season, including the last race of the campaign: the 10km pursuit in Québec (CAN) in mid March, her 110th individual race win.
Nicknamed “Gul Marit” (“Golden Marit”)
for obvious reasons, the 36-year-old Bjoergen has every chance of extending that long list of Olympic titles at PyeongChang 2018.