He has set two world records and won Olympic, European Championship and two World Cup golds. Karsten Warholm experiences a unique sprinkle of prizes. Tonight he was named male athlete of the year at the Sports Gala.
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– It was very nice, says Warholm who was also nominated for the award as Name of the Year at the gala in Oslo Spektrum. But the referendum won the jumping world champion Maren Lundby.
Warholm believes the jury has had a tough task to choose this year’s male athlete after a very strong Norwegian sports year 2021.
– Norway has developed into something more than just a winter nation. I think that’s cool. Many have over the years thought that in Norway it is difficult to develop in summer sports, but we see that as long as many are creative and motivated and have the right people around them, you can do most things, says Warholm at a Sports Gala where the summer sports won eight out of 12 awards.
Maren Lundby was named Name of the Year at a Sports Gala where no one won more than one prize. She became world champion in jumping, but has this autumn taken a break from the sport for health reasons.
– That I will run away with this award here is almost a bit silly. I look up to everyone who has been nominated, says Lundby.
After the unique 45.94 race over the hurdles in Tokyo, Warholm has also been named the athlete of the year in the world, Europe and Norway. He has been named Athlete of the Year in VG, Dagbladet and Nettavisen and has won the sports journalists’ statuette.
25 years old, he has already won 10 awards at the Sports Gala. In total, Karsten Warholm has won more than 30 awards since the honors began to pour over him as a 20-year-old in 2016.
Warholm’s longtime coach Leif Olav Alnes has, as in 2020, been named Coach of the Year in Norwegian sports.
– It is at least important to thank Karsten Warholm. Without him, I would not have won this award. I’m quite sure of that, Alnes said in his speech of thanks.
– I love you, Warholm announced to the coach in his thank you speech after being named male athlete of the year. He believes the duo has “rounded the game” in the 400 meter hurdles.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen was also appreciated tonight. The Olympic winner of the 1500 meters won the Athletes’ Prize. He thanked for the video link from the high camp in Spain.
– It is a great prize to win in that it is the athletes themselves who vote for the winner, says Jakob Ingebrigtsen who in addition to the Olympic gold on European and Olympic record (3.28,32), won European Championship gold indoors and set European record of 5000 meters (12.48,45).
Salum Ageze Kashafali – with a two percent view – was the fourth from Norwegian athletics to be appreciated. The Bergen native won the 100 meters in the Paralympics on a new world record (10.43). He also won European Championship gold and thanked many for
– Finally, I want to thank myself for the dedication I give myself. there is a lot of training to be done and many that are on you, but in the end it is about whether you do the training yourself, said a moody Kashafali from the stage.
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Therese Johaug was named female athlete of the year after winning World Cup gold in all four exercises she competed in during the championship in Oberstdorf.
– It was very surprising. There were many strong girls on the block there with me, says Johaug who was not present in Oslo Spektrum. She won in competition with, among others, Tiril Eckhoff (four World Cup gold biathlon) and world champions Maren Lundby (jumping), Ragne Wiklund (skating), Gyda Westvold Hansen (combined) and Solfrid Koanda (weightlifting).
The women’s national team in beach handball was named Model of the Year for victory in the battle for not having to play in a bikini, while Birgit Skarstein was the third woman to win an award for Paralympic gold and a world record in rowing.
Then the Sports Gala ended by naming Maren Lundy the Name of the Year and giving the honorary award to Karen Espelund. The Football Association’s former general secretary has been a pioneer for women’s football in Norway.
– Now I’m almost dumb. I’m rare, says Espelund.
– This is a huge surprise. The proudest thing I have been allowed to take part in is that girls now play football with obvious hotness, she adds.
Name of the year, Sports Gala: 2020, 2021.
Male Athlete of the Year, Sports Gala: 2020, 2018.
Athletes’ award, Sports Gala: 2020, 2018.
Model of the year, The Sports Gala: 2019.
Athletes’ award, Sports Gala: 2020, 2018.
Male Athlete of the Year in the World: 2021.
Male Athlete of the Year in Europe: 2021, 2020, 2019.
This year’s breakthrough in Europe: 2017.
Name of the year in Norwegian athletics: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016
Sports Journalists Statue: 2021, 2019, 2017.
Norway’s best athlete, VG: 2021, 2019, 2017.
Aftenposten’s gold medal: 2017.
Folkets Idrettspris, Dagbladet: 2021, 2019, 2017.
Sports name of the year, Nettavisen: 2021, 2017.
VG does not guarantee that the list is complete.