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Olympic Skier/Poker Player Petter Northug in Alcohol-Related Crash

Famed cross-country skier and poker enthusiast Petter Northug totaled his car last weekend after hitting a guardrail and admitted to being intoxicated while driving.

The Norwegian, who finished in the money in the 2010 WSOP Main Event and cashed for $21,327, wrecked his Audi A7 in Trondheim in his home country of Norway, causing a passenger to suffer a broken collar bone. Northug apparently fled the scene, but was later apprehended by police and confirmed that he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

I deeply regret what happened,” Northug told the Wall Street Journal. “I’m grateful that the consequences of my poor judgment weren’t even worse. I’m ready to take the punishment.”

Northug has won 11 Winter Olympic and World Championship gold medals throughout his career. He is recognized as being among the best cross-country skiers ever. However, at the most recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, he and his teammates were somewhat of a disappointment when they failed to capture gold.

The 28-year-old has two other live tournament cashes on his resume. He finished 136th at the 2012 EPT Main Event in Barcelona, taking home €8,400 after buying in for €5,300, the Hendon Mob database reported. One day later in a €2,100 Turbo 8-Max, a seventh place finish was good for €5,800.

The police are speculating that Northug was driving beyond the 40 kilometer per hour speed limit. A remorseful Northug was upset at himself considering that he has skiing sponsorship deals and is looked up to by youngsters.

:I know I’m a role model for many young people, and I acknowledge fully that I didn’t behave like a role model should,” Northug said.;

On the virtual felt, Northug plays under the screen name of ‘NorthugJr’ on PokerStars. His online success has overshadowed his live tournament results. Northug landed at the final table of a SCOOP tournament and won $60,000 and also took home first place prize money of $16K in a turbo event.

I love to play it and I love the game,” Northug said of his fondness for poker. “For me, it’s important to have other interests than just cross-country skiing.”

Northug is facing fines and a jail term of 60 days, NewsinEnglish reported.

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.