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.Read more