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In the day stops the legend: Perhaps the greatest ever

I can almost get goosebumps at the thought.

The former langrendsstjerne Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset remember the WORLD championships in Oslo in 2011, where compatriot Petter Northug was the big star and won three gold medals.

- He had an X-factor, that are extremely - in all championships he competed in. Especially in Holmenkollen. The three gold he is the game, says Hjelmeset to the newspaper World.

the Reason for his comment is that Northug is expected to set his career today, where he has convened the press conference.

TV 2 in Norway already wrote on Tuesday, there was talk about a retirement of perhaps the greatest langrendsstjerne, Norway ever had. Which is not saying so little.

A unanimous chorus of experts, current and former colleagues, as well as coaches bow in the dust and pay tribute to the dominant and at the same time flamboyant Northug for his personality and his vinderinstinkt.

- He has been whopping. Absolutely amazing, says Oddvar Brå, former langrendsstjerne in the 1970s and 1980s.

Northug sing with Finn Haagen Krogh after the WORLD cup triumph in relay race in Falun in 2015. Photo: Matthias Schrader/AP

Northugs former colleague, Anders Aukland:

- If it matches, then it is incredibly sad. It is undoubtedly a great era in cross-country skiing, there are over. He has meant a great deal to the sport, and is in my eyes perhaps the greatest skier ever, " says Aukland.

The former national coach for Norway and the current ekspertkommentator for NRK, Åge Skinstad, says:

- He was a dominant person. Not just a sporting good, but the first which was almost a pop star in langrendssporten. He was popular far beyond the normal langrendssupporter. Petter has with his little unrestrained style managed to create a wider audience in many ways, " says Skinstad.

Petter Northug tiltvang the attention already as a junior, when he first became Norwegian champion, since the wreck at the OLYMPICS in Turin in 2006 and subsequently took the rematch and won his first World Cup victory, although he only was juniorløber.

then followed a terrific career with 13 WORLD championship gold medals at five consecutive world championships and three silver medals. In addition, nibbled he four OLYMPIC medals in Vancouver in 2010 - including two of gold.

He has won the overall World Cup two times and is connected in the top 3 seven times. 84 times he finished on the podium in World Cup races - 38 times as the winner.

Outside the slopes has Northug often attracted attention. As here in 2014, when he was snatched after sprutkørsel. Photo: Ned Alley/AP

recent seasons, the now 32-year-old Northug, however, live with the physics, which, for obvious reasons, has gone beyond the performance.

- He has won so many big victories, that it is difficult to choose one. I think, to the last, he won in Falun, is what I am most impressed with. To deliver a comeback as he did and win both the sprint and femmilen must be the wildest, " says Anders Aukland with reference to the wild comeback at 50 kilometers-the distance, where Northug after being set fought back, and on the final straight distanced his rivals and in the terrific wildness were first over the finish line.

- Many thought it was impossible. But he managed to come again and even had the belief that it could be done, says Skinstad about the masterful finale.

Outside the slopes has Northug always managed to attract attention. Partly for its sometimes self-assured and arrogant (some) style. But, unfortunately, also for the scandals.

In 2014, he was sentenced to 50 days in jail, a five-year disqualification of licence and a fine of 185.000 Norwegian kroner to have been driving under the influence of alcohol.

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