“I have a little bomb to drop here today. I’m going to be a mother in December,” she told Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.
Bjørgen has won six Olympic gold medals and 14 World Cup golds. The Norwegian, nicknamed “Gull-Marit” (Gold-Marit) at home, dominated the women’s cross-country skiing World Championships last year, taking four gold medals (sprint, 10 km, relay and 30 km) and a silver (skiathlon).
The 35-year-old said she hoped to be back on the circuit in time for the 2017 World Championships.
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“I plan to come back. My goal is the World Championships in Lahti (Finland),” she told TV2.