Petter Northug: Norwegian Cross Country Skier Wins Olympic Gold Medal

February 28, 2010

Here is Petter Northug, he is the Norwegian Cross Country Skier who won his second Gold Medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Keep reading to know more about this news, his life and more, plus don’t miss Petter Northug’s photos and video below.

Petter Northug

Northug recently won his second gold medal when he competed in the men’s 50 k mass start classic on Sunday February 28. He finished the race in 2:5:35.5, Axel Techmann from Germany won the silver and the bronze went to Johan Olsson from Sweden. For Axel, history repeats itself as when Petter won his first medal at team sprint, he also saw Northug go past him.

Petter Northug was born on January 6, 1986 in Levanger, Norway. Peter lived in Mosvik with his parents John and May and his brothers Even and Thomas Northug. He started skiing since he was three years old.

He first started competing at the Scandinavian Cup in the 2004-05 season, where he reached the podium several times, but it wasn’t until the next season that he started competing in his World Cup Championships and has been up to this time, he has earned a total of thirteen times. Then came the Junior World Championship, where he won his first gold medal in Finland at the 2004-05 season, the next season he added more gold medals in Slovenia, then competing in the senior events he won another gold at the 2007 World Championships in Sapporo, ending with three more (50K, 4x10K, 15kx15k), in Liberec, Czech Republic.

Petter didn’t make it on the Olympic team that went to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, so perhaps we skipped those, it all seems that Petter was Norway’s best chance at the next Olympics so let’s move forward to his outstanding medal collection he acquired in Vancouver. Although at first it didn’t go as expected like on his first race when he placed 41st, but he was vindicated the next day by winning the bronze at the sprint event, then his first gold at the pursuit event, followed by the silver at the 4x10k relay, closing his Vancouver performance with his last gold at the 50k classical.

Maybe the Winter Olympics are over, but the race of this Norwegian Cross Country skier to win more medals is still going. What do you think his next medal will be?

Take a look at Petter Northug’s photos and video below.

Petter Northug photo


Peter Northug video

Photos: Tor Atle kleven

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