Norway's Northug flops in 15K; coach blames skis

Petter Northug. Source: Langrenn.com

Petter Northug. Source: Langrenn.com

British Columbia — The bounce-back Olympics for Norway got off to a bad start when cross-country superstar Petter Northug quickly realized no amount of strength, speed or stamina could make up for his substandard skis.

So, the 24-year-old World Cup leader who is the best Norwegian skier since the great Bjoern Daehlie cruised around the cross-country track at Whistler Olympic Park Monday, conceding the 15-kilometer men’s race to Switzerland’s Dario Cologna.

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Source: Associated Press

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