“I depend on the very best support and the very best training conditions,” Petter Northug said as he signed last week new four-year contract with the Norwegian Ski Association. The World Champion and Olympic winner will be member of the Cross-Country team until 2016.
“I do this to avoid speculations. There is no doubt that I will find the best support and training conditions in the national team,” Northug said. He has gone all the way up from the club, district, junior national and senior national teams, just as the Norwegian elite sport program is built.
“There has never been a any other relevant way than this. Nowadays, also the training partners and the atmosphere in the national team are important to me. I look forward to many championships with the Norwegian flag on my chest,” Northug claimed.
The head of Norwegian Cross-Country Skiin Åge Skinstad has been pleased to have Petter Northug’s signature in place. “The coming seasons with Championships in Val di Fiemme, Winter Olympics in Sochi and World Championships in Falun are important to us,” Skinstad said.
He is aware that the team is by far the best place for Cross-Country skiers development. “All the skiers are of the same opinion today. The reason is that you can train with the best, share experience and get the best support, particularly in ski waxing, “ Skinstad explained.
Newly elected president of the Norwegian Ski Association Erik Røste has liked what he heard. “Norway’s goal is the be the World's best skiing nation. We believe that the best way to succeed is developing "the Norwegian elite sport model." In many ways it starts at school, in the clubs and go through ski high schools and national teams. Its competence is continuously processed and developed. We have a long tradition and very good experience with national teams in all of our six disciplines. The community is essential for good individual performances and the best for individual development. Therefore we are very pleased that Petter Northug jr. has signed a long-term agreement with the NSF, and there are speculations,” Røste concluded.
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