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Krogh ‘devastated’ as loses Olympic place

Norway's cross-country skiing team has dropped one of its rising stars from the men's individual sprint to make way for its two most established names.

Krogh 'devastated' as loses Olympic place
Finn Hågen Krogh was dropped from the sprint squad on Wednesday - Photo: NTB/Scanpix
Coaches on Wednesday decided to drop Finn Hågen Krogh, 23, allowing them to include both double Olympic Champion Petter Northug, who has faced fitness issues, and former sprint world champion Ola Vigen Hattestad in their four-man squad. 
 
The decision follows a recent return to form by former sprint world champion Ola Vigen Hattestad, who won the World Cup in Italy last weekend. 
 
"It was stupid to put me up against Petter," Hattestad told Norwegian media after his victory in Italy.  "I was angry when I found out they had selected three beforehand. They've put themselves in a very difficult situation."
 
Krogh's father Arild Krogh told TV2 news in Sochi on Thursday that his son was devastated by the news. 
 
"They have destroyed the Olympics for him," he said. "He's probably ten times as disappointed as I am." 
 
Hattestad and Northug will now join Eirik Brandsdal, Anders Gløersen in the country's four-man squad. 

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COCAINE

Norway ski star admits drug problems after cocaine bust

Following a speeding offence which led to a house search that found cocaine, former Norwegian cross-country ski star Petter Northug, said on Friday he had a "serious problem" with alcohol and drugs.

Norway ski star admits drug problems after cocaine bust
Petter Northug admits 'serious problems' at a press conference on Friday. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB Scanpix / AFP
Police clocked Northug at 168 kilometres per hour (105mph) at the wheel of his Jaguar near Oslo on August 13.
   
Suspecting that he was driving under the influence – the tests have not yet been processed – police searched Northug's home and found the cocaine.   
 
“I have a serious problem with alcohol, drugs and medication in connection with, at times, big parties and there have been a lot of parties,” the 34-year-old told a press conference. 
 
   
Apologising “to all concerned”, he said he was “ready to accept the sentence”, after he is tried.
   
In 2014, Northug was jailed for 50 days, a sentence mostly served with an electronic bracelet, fined and banned from driving for five years, after crashing while driving under the influence.
   
On Friday, he said the alcohol and drug problems began after his retirement from sport in 2018. He said he has sought professional help.
   
Among the best cross-country skiers in history, Northug won four Olympic medals, all in 2010 and including two golds. He collected 13 World Championship golds between 2007 and 2015 and won three World Cup globes, including two as overall champion.
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