2-time Olympic champion Northug to retire from his sport

              Multiple world champion and olympic champion Petter Northug announces his retirement from cross-country skiing during a press conference in Trondheim, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2018. (Ole Martin Wold/NTB scanpix via AP)

OSLO, Norway (AP) — One of Norway’s greatest cross-country skiers says he is retiring from the sport.

Petter Northug, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 13-time world champion, says he had “some fantastic years,” adding there will be “no comeback.”

The 32-year-old Norwegian had not done well in recent competitions and failed to recover from illness. Earlier this year, he failed to qualify for Norway’s Olympic team for the Pyeongchang Games.

Northug says “it will be good to follow the team sprint from the sidelines.”

At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Northug won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal. He added two team bronze medals four years later in Sochi.