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On Saturday, Petter Northug made a comeback on the ski slopes during the Norwegian Cup in Nes.
He ran his last FIS race in November 2018 and in the meantime has focused on long-distance running.
Iver Tildheim Andersen won the race 7.6 seconds ahead of Gjøran Tefre.
Northug eventually finished 35th, one minute and 14 seconds behind the winner.
Allowed himself to be amazed
At the finish line, Northug was 1.05.3 behind leader Håvard Hovde, and that holds for 20th place so far.
Despite the position, VG’s commentators were impressed by the 38-year-old.
– There won’t be a top position, but oh my! For having given up, he really hangs in there in the Norwegian Cup, commented Jan Christian Bjørn.
– He’s a bit of good old Petter here, and goes into place number 26, added Åge Skinstad.
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Northug: – Brutal
The 38-year-old was exhausted when the press approached him shortly after he had crossed the finish line.
– It was really fun to compete again, but it’s brutal with 10 kilometers when you no longer have the speed you once had, says a breathless Northug to VG shortly after the race.
– I estimated and hoped that I would end up somewhere between place number 30 and 50. I have too little skating and speed in my body, and too much long-distance running, quite simply, said the former medal wholesaler in the Olympics and World Championships.