Johannes and Maiken Caspersen Falla with a Sprint World Cup Trophy each. Unfortunately, this is the only photo I've found of him with the trophy. I'm sure there must be more, though. And preferably a videoclip from the ceremony as well. It wasn't shown on TV, though. So, I'm definitely going to look for more stuff tomorrow.
Anyway, there are a couple of comments from him that I need to mention. Let's see:
On today's race and the trophy: My main priority today was to secure the total sprint cup trophy. When that was done at the end of the quarterfinal, I noticed that it became harder to focus and that my mind switched to something else. I tried to do well in the semifinal as well, but this was a difficult track - you can't stay in front because it's too windy, and it's also narrow and with sharp curves. I didn't get a good position, so sprinting vs Krogh and Pellegrino and Chanavat got too difficult."
About the sprint world cup trophy: Winning this trophy was not even in my dreams at the start of the season, so it's a great feeling to have won it. It will take some time for me to truly understand it."
About teammate Pål Golberg's comment that "He's doing something totally different from what I'm doing. I just hope that he won't improve that dramatically every year. "I cannot promise anything, but I'm hoping to continue taking new steps forward. This (= winning the sprint trophy) is of course my biggest achievement in my career so far, along with the bronze medal from the world championship. My ambitions now are to evaluate and look forward to next season. I have no plans to stop here."
On next season/the future: "It seems that the Olympic sprint in Pyeongchang will be the main objective for next season. However, I'm also planning to get better at longer distances, so I need to train well and do the right things, and we'll see. But I can probably not expect things to go as smoothly as they did this season for ten years in a row."
When asked where he was going to put the trophy after getting home: "Well, I have to find a place for it in my room (as in, specifically a word that means one's room since childhood at the parents' place). Maybe not on the nightstand, but on the shelf above it."
On why he's still living at home with his parents: "I feel like I have the best support I can possibly have when I have my family around me, so I don't see the point in moving out just yet. Besides, it's important for me to have parents' help with things like cooking and washing clothes and changing bedsheets. I can't wash clothes yet, so at least I need to learn that before I will consider moving out."
On whether he actually checked with his parents that they're okay with him still living at home: "No. They just have to deal with having me around for a while longer."
And more on his home situation, from that famous TV2 reporter who always asks cheeky questions:
- Are you spoiled?
"Yes, a little bit." (And he grinned so much when admitting that, so it was mostly just cute, and not so nasty as it might seem in print).
He's just so cute and awesome and wonderful. Also, I don't think I mentioned it, but he's actually the youngest winner of a world cup trophy in history. I mean - how cool is that?!