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Norway’s Northug: Wax or heat?. COMMENTARY: Petter Northug – Norway’s pride, four-times Olympic Champion in cross country skiing, a poker player, and a national hero who soon may have to serve jail time for driving under the influence of alcohol. He left the scene of an accident and a friend whose collar bone was broken. Does this deserve a book? The name Petter Northug obviously does, but the writer emphasizes that he started writing a year ago, long before the unfortunate incident. Northug, a sports icon known for his bravery - in the ski tracks - and his highly arrogant attitude towards opponents, is a name on everyone’s lips and a role model for young people. Naturally, then, the chapter on his behavior following the accident is of interest.

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Norway’s Northug: Wax or heat?

Published on Thursday, 11th September, 2014 at 10:10 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.
Last Updated on 9th October 2014 at 20:27.

COMMENTARY: Petter Northug – Norway’s pride, four-times Olympic Champion in cross country skiing, a poker player, and a national hero who soon may have to serve jail time for driving under the influence of alcohol. He left the scene of an accident and a friend whose collar bone was broken. Does this deserve a book?

Petter Northug
The Norwegian cross country skiing star may pause for thought. This picture was taken at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada's Vancouver four years prior to 2014's events.Petter Northug
Photo: Tor Atle Kleven/Wikimedia Commons


The name Petter Northug obviously does, but the writer emphasizes that he started writing a year ago, long before the unfortunate incident.

Northug, a sports icon known for his bravery - in the ski tracks - and his highly arrogant attitude towards opponents, is a name on everyone’s lips and a role model for young people. Naturally, then, the chapter on his behavior following the accident is of interest.

Petter Northug, an active poker player too, has also openly supported the legalization of poker in Norway.

The crash            

In early May 2014, Northug crashed his car and fled the scene. He was tracked down, eventually admitted his crime for driving the car under the influence of alcohol at high speed in a 40 km/h (about 25 mph) zone (80-90 km/h – roughly 50-56 mph), leaving an injured 23-year-old friend. This was reportedly after an agreement.

“The [police] cell was pleasant, with a good mattress and a warm blanket. I didn’t feel trapped in any way, the officers were nice: in short, I enjoyed [it] and could easily have been there longer,” says Northug in the book.

Author Sverre M. Nyrønning in a live interview with news agency NTB explained that Northug’s statement regarding his stay behind bars was humor. 

Northug’s parents also provide their versions of the story in the book.

“It was a grim situation,” his father says, hearing of the accident, hoping for the best, experiencing a bunch of journalists outside the door.

The book states that Petter Northug had 1.65% per mille (parts per thousand) of alcohol in his blood when tested:

  • 0.2-0.5% generally results in a fine equivalent to about 1 month’s salary, no jail term is usually given, and the driver loses their license for a maximum of 1 year.
  • 0.5-1% generally results in a fine equivalent to about 1.5 month’s salary, a suspended sentence, and the driver loses their license for a minimum of 1 year.
  • 1-1.5% generally results in a fine equivalent to about 1.5 month’s salary, a suspended/custodial sentence, and the driver loses their license for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Over 1.5% generally results in a fine equivalent to about 1.5 month’s salary, imprisonment, and the driver losing their license for a minimum of 2 years.

(Source: promille.no)

How the court judgment will be affected by Petter Northug leaving the scene of an accident, breaking the speed limit, and admitting guilt is not known at this stage.

"The police recently sent the case to the District Attorney’s Office. The reason for the D.A.’s involvement is not yet public,” Chief Public Prosecutor Bjørn Kristian Soknes told Adresseavisen.

“I’m fully aware of the public's expectation that I have to tell more about the event in the near future,” Northug stated to the media,  adding, “I know that I am a role model for many young people, and fully acknowledge that I have not behaved as a role model should.”

An explanation?

Northug’s manager Are Sørum Langås tells a story in the book about Petter, where the police cell does not appear to be as comfortable as Northug first stated.

“He wanted to get away, out of the country, flee far away, vanish, convinced that all was lost, careers, sponsors, money , the life he had lived,” says Langås. 

On his website, Northug writes that “I’ve contributed to the book through interviews with the author.”

“An entire family stands behind my performance in winter sports , a WE that are strong, and most of all my dad – who accompanied me to the first ski race when I was five years old, who is still there for me together with my mom, also my brothers Tomas and Even, who follow me in the ski track.”

The Norwegian sportsman states that he has not yet had the opportunity to read the book and admits he is not a big reader. Maybe he will be should he be convicted and sent down.

“How the family coped with the drunk driving shows a strong family,” Sverre M. Nyrønningen writes in a comment on VG.

At the same time, Northug will still earn money while possibly doing time. The writer also has to share his income.

“As usual in such cases, revenue is shared between the author and the main character, to which the key parties have agreed,” Mona Ek at publishers Aschehoug says to The Foreigner.

Facts:

  • Petter Northug jr. is a Norwegian cross country skier and double Olympic champion.
  • He has 11 World Championship and Winter Olympic gold medals with 16 medals overall, and 11 individual FIS Cross-Country World Cup wins with 23 podium places.

(Source: Wikipedia)



Published on Thursday, 11th September, 2014 at 10:10 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.
Last updated on 9th October 2014 at 20:27.

This post has the following tags: northug, crosscountry, skiing, norway, crash, driving, drunk, speeding, book.





  
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