He is one of the biggest Stars in winter sports: Norway’s long-running Idol Petter Northug ended his career. “If the long-run as long as your life, it is quit difficult, but at the same time it feels good,” said the double Olympic champion, during a press conference in Trondheim.

Northug is a Hero in Norway, the record world champion, 13-times as he rode to Gold at the world Championships, he twice won the overall world Cup. “When I was a Kid, I had the dream to be a good skier. I’m proud of how I managed to do that,” said Northug.

His first world Cup victory, he celebrated with 20 years, that was in front of him still no long-running success. The winter games in Vancouver in 2010, Northug-fixed games with Gold more than 50 kilometers, and in the team sprint and relay-silver and Sprint Bronze.

Northug is 32 years old, actually not old age for a long-runner, but the shape way. After a disappointing season 2016/17 he had not managed to sporty the jump in Norway’s world Cup Team. In his only world Cup appearance in the last Winter he was in Lillehammer, only 32. . The Olympic games held in Pyeongchang found without him.

A sportsmen with the corners and edges

The athletes Northug was one with corners and edges. In 2012 he ran at the world Cup in the Swedish Gälivare as the winner with a Sverige-Flag over the finish line. A year earlier, he had slowed down as the season-closing runners at the world Championships in Oslo in front of the goal line on his Swedish pursuers Marcus Hellner maintained, and was then increased and a broad grin, as the world champion on the red Band at the bottom.

Northug had said in November that he was in the face of persistent health problems “in historically bad shape”. Two months before the world Championships in Seefeld, he said, now in tears for his resignation. “In the last few weeks I have noticed that it is not enough to be on the same level as for the battle for the world championship,” he said, “My body can no longer handle the load.”

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