Last Weekend Norwegian junior skier Petter Northug secured a start spot in all the upcoming World Cup races from New Year until the Olympics by taking the lead in the Scandinavian Cup. — It’s insanely exciting. It’s a huge bonus, says Northug.
Petter Northug beat all the second best skiers from Norway, Sweden and Finland last weekend — including Finland’s best skier Sami Jauhojarvi. Jauhojarvi has placed fourth and sixth in the World Cup this season.
— It was not in my plans that I would lead the Scandinavian Cup. It’s very exciting, says Petter Northug after the lead was a fact on Sunday.
Dreaming about the Olympics
He has now got a great opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.
– It’s not something I think about during the day, but I’m dreaming about the Olympics when I’m sleeping, says Northug.
– It’s great to get to race in the World Cup as a junior. I have no pressure and can just ski as hard as I can, says Northug.
He is however still choosing to keep junior Worlds as the season’s main goal.
— Junior Worlds is my main focus, says Northug
He now has the possibility of competing in three different types of races:
– Qualify for Junior World and win more Junior Worlds gold’s
– Continue to race the Scandinavian Cup
– Ski World Cup races and qualify for the Olympics.
Northug is quick to trim down the problem.
— Skiing World Cup races should be good enough to qualify me for junior Worlds. I’m also the defending junior World Champion so that should be enough, believes Northug.
He is not too concerned about keeping the lead in the Scandinavian Cup and keeping his World Cup spot after the Olympics.
— I’ll haven’t made a plan for this and will evaluate what’s best to do after each weekend when I see how I’m doing, says Northug