October 10, 2014

OSLO, Norway (AP) Two-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion Petter Northug has been given a 50-day prison sentence and fined 185,000 kroner ($30,000) for drunk driving.

The court in South Troendelag in western Norway also banned Northug from driving for life, which normally means a minimum of five years.

The 28-year-old Norwegian, who admitted to drunk driving after he crashed into a road barrier on a highway in May, told the court on Thursday that he accepted its ruling.

Northug said he deeply regretted driving his car under the influence of alcohol, but was grateful his poor judgment didn't cause more harm.

No one was seriously injured in the crash.

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