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Bitter rivals despairs after Northug-exiten:- A jäkla stjärna

In 2011, Petter Northug voted this year's athlete of Sweden by the Expressen.

Few have engaged the swedes more than Northug.

When he won the world gold on the femmila in Falun in 2015 in spectacular show - his fourth triumph in the championship - clicked the hero for the swedes.

- It is the värsta jag set of Petter Northug. There is a galen asked. På något magiskt sätt comes he forth! cried earlier toppløper Mathias Fredriksson on the Rt broadcast.

Hailed by Joensson

The Newspaper says the Swedish langrennslegenden Emil Joensson Hague - which for many years was one of Northugs most bitter rivals - that Mosvik express will be deeply missed in Sweden.

RIVALS: Petter Northug and Emil Joensson had many ordkriger, but now gives Northug a unison tribute by the swede. Photo: Erlend Aas / Scanpix Show more

- Peter raised the interest for cross-country skiing in Sweden to a new level, and I can only thank for the show, Peter. If he puts up because of the body does not work as he will, I can only suffer with Petter that he couldn't show the world yet again how fast he can ski, " says Emil Joensson Hague to Dagbladet.

When Expressen commentator Tomas Pettersson visited Dagbladet langrennsprogram two weeks ago, he told that many swedes rejoiced over Northugs uplifting 2. place in the sprint at Gålå previous month.

the Swedes have all the time crossing your fingers for a mighty comeback from the world's most engaging langrennsløper.

Now, however, Northug seriousness of the threats he made in november whether to add up already before christmas. Today came the confirmation.

- The largest star ever

Petter Northugs langrennskarriere at the top level is over.

It seems Emil Joensson Hague is sad, the former Swedish storsprinteren that Northug has harselert with and been in the rhetorical feud with for years and years, before Calle Halfvarsson gradually have taken over the role.

TUESDAY: Petter Northug told a gathered press corps on Tuesday that langrennskarrieren can be over even before christmas if the body is not getting better. Sjokkmeldingen get skimiljøet to bring up the superlative. Show more

- We lose the biggest star langrennssporten has ever had on the men's side. Pete has been a fantastic athlete that engages skipublikummet both in and not in the least off track, " says Emil Joensson Hague to Dagbladet.

- Are you surprised that he put up in the middle of the season?

- Clear one is surprised. But I have even experienced that if the body is not cooperating and one is not on the level you want, then it is hopeless. As I understand the decision very well.

- What is your best memory with Petter?

the Settlement with the herself changed everything for Petter

- I'm reminded of all the mental battles that motivated me to train even harder than I had managed without Petter , " says the former storsprinteren to the Newspaper.

- Petter är a jäkla stjärna, " says the Swedish langrennslegenden on.

Södergren predicts the void

Also Anders Södergren has had many duels against Northug. Among other things he got to see Northug at its worst and best at once in the world cup relay in Sapporo in 2007, when Mosvik express debuted as ankermann and parked Södergren with hundreds of metres just inside the stadium.

The Swedish femmilsspesialisten also took the silver when Northug won his first femmilsgull in his career, in the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Liberec in 2009.

- I had hoped that he would come back at a level where he could show himself justice. He has been the big star of the langrennssporten in ten years and so has clearly meant a lot. Petter is say the least a colourful profile, " says Södergren to Aftonbladet.

Can you beat your friends, rivals, cross-country skiers, and experts in the Fantaski?

the Newspaper, and Swix launches a new manager games for cross-country skiing. Here you can set up your own team consisting of six girls and six boys in front of each verdenscuprunde. You get points based on how your athletes are performing.

the Game passes the entire season, but you win prizes each and every round.


I hope that he feels satisfied with everything he has got and that he can go forward with a good feeling. It is easily done that there is a large blank space after such a long and successful career in the limelight.

Lovprises of the Norwegian stars

Also the Norwegian langrennsstjernene draws Northug out as the greatest.

- He is the greatest langrennsløper on the men's side, John says Høsflot Klæbo to the Newspaper.

Peter is the one that has meant the most for langrennssporten in the modern era, believes Niklas Dyrhaug.

Northug would kick Løfshus. This he says now,

- It is in a way a langrennsperiode before and after Petter Northug. He has helped to make skiing cool again, " says Hans Christer Holund to the Newspaper.

- Langrennssporten today versus 2008 is a huge difference. It is much thanks to Petter, believes Find in sandnes, norway Krogh.

Northug is very shy

Emil Joensson Hague would like to thank for the inspiration he has gained through rivalry and feidene with Northug.

- I must first and foremost like to thank Petter for that he has got me to train harder during our years as competitors, " says the swede.

his Wife Anna Joensson Hague believes that Petter Northug is mistaken as a person and really is very shy. Just listen here:

NORTHUG IS SHY: Anna Haag came on a fifth place in the 10 km classic. And she reveals the relationship between her husband Emil Joensson and Petter Northug. Reporter: Øyvind Godø / Dagbladet Show more Show more Show more

also Hear how happy Sweden and Expressen-commentator Tomas Pettersson has been in the langrennskongen Petter Northug:

NORTHUG-the RELATIONSHIP: Vidar Løfshus reveals how the relationship is his to Petter Northug really is and tells us about a special road trip they had in the summer. At the same time he gets the criticism of Tomas Pettersson. Presenter: Øyvind Godø. Video/editing: Kristoffer Løkås Show more
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