Northug refused to participate in the Tour de Ski

Нортуг отказался от участия в Тур де Ски

Petter Northug

Two-time Olympic champion and 13-time world champion Petter Northug will not perform on the prestigious stage race Tour de Ski.

“I am very sad I had to miss the Tour de Ski this year. But I hope that it will serve as an additional motivation to better prepare for the main goal of the season – the world championship in Lahti, which will begin on the 22nd of February,” Northug said to NRK.

The coach of the Norwegian national team Tur Arne Hetland confirmed the feasibility of skipping the race for Northug, “If your body is not in perfect condition, it makes no sense to go to the Tour de Ski where the athlete experiences a tremendous stress on your body. We hope to see Petter in a good form at the world Cup”.

In 2015 world championship in Falun, Northug won 4 gold medals. This season is for the Norwegian – he participated only in two races on the world Cup stage in his native Norway, where he took 9th place in the sprint race and 51st in the race for 10 km.

We also note that over its long career, the only one able Northug win Tour de Ski 2014/15 season.

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