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Norwegian skier Northug admits to drunk driving

Sunday - 5/4/2014, 5:03pm  ET

The wreck of an Audi car belonging to Norwegian skier Petter Northug, which crashed in the Byasen area of Trondheim, in central Norway in the early hours of the morning of Sunday May 4, 2014. There were two people in the car, as yet unidentified, but the police suspect the driver to have been under the influence of alcohol. The condition of the occupants is not known. (AP Photo Henrik Sundgard / NTB scanpix)

OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Two-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion Petter Northug has admitted to drunk driving after he crashed his car into a road barrier in his native Norway in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 28-year-old Northug said in a statement that he deeply regrets driving his car under the influence of alcohol, but is grateful that his poor judgment didn't cause more harm. No one was seriously injured in the crash.

Police had said earlier Sunday they were questioning two men for suspected drunk driving after Northug's car had crashed into a road barrier in the western Norwegian city Trondheim.

Northug says "I am very unhappy now and very disappointed with what I've done, adding that "I am prepared to take the punishment for my actions."


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