Petter Northug

The most successful cross-country skier in World Championship history!

Petter Northug at the world champs 2015 in Falun.
© FIS/Falun 2015

Hi, my name is Petter Northug. My discipline is cross-country skiing. I was born on 6 January 1986 in Mosvik, Trøndelag, Norway. My special talent is being faster than everybody else. My philosophy of life is eat. ski. sleep. repeat. The most important person in my life is my father. My favourite food is pizza and tacos. My favourite music is house.


At age two, Petter Northug stood in a pair of skis for the first time, looked nervously down the vast mountainside that lay before him and gradually set off down the slopes. To say that the Norwegian cross-country skier from Mosvik, Trøndelag (mid-Norway), has come a long way since then would be a huge understatement. From competing for his local club, Strindheim IL, at the age of just eight, Petter is now a multiple gold-medal winner at both the Winter Olympics and World Championships, making him the finest example of someone who was simply born to ski!

Petter started off competing in junior world championships, where he soon discovered he had a knack for winning. Taking six golds at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in 2005 and 2006 propelled Northug to early stardom. But he didn’t let it affect his game as, shortly after, he continued in similar fashion by dominating the World Cup circuit.

To date, his greatest achievements lie in his successes at the World Championships and the Winter Olympics. Cumulatively, Northug is miles ahead of the cross-country competition and he has the trophy cupboard to prove it.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 3rd Place: FIS Cross-Country World Cup – 15km

      Canmore, Canada

  2. 2016
    1. 2nd Place: FIS World Cup 15km Pursuit

      Quebec, Canada

  3. 2015
    1. 1st Place: FIS Cross Country Relay Classic (Team) 4 x 7.5km

      Lillehammer, Norway

    2. 1st Place: FIS Nordic World Ski Championships - 50K Classic

      His fourth gold, having won the Men’s Sprint, as well as the Team Sprint with Finn Haagen Krogh and the 4x10 km relay with the Norwegian team

      Falun, Sweden

  4. 2013
    1. Overall FIS World Cup Champion - Cross Country Ski

    2. 1st Place: FIS World Cup - Cross Country Ski

      Drammen, Norway

    3. 1st Place: FIS Nordic World Ski Champion - Men's 15km

      Val di Fiemme, Italy

    4. 1st Place: FIS World Cup - Sprint

      Sochi, Russia