Petter Northug, a two-time Olympic champion in cross-country skiing, admitted that he had cocaine in his possession and was speeding and driving under the influence of drugs.
The Norwegian star, who won two gold medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and won the world championship 13 times, retired from the sport in 2018.
“I made a serious mistake,” Northug, 34, wrote on Facebook. “I was driving too fast and was taken to the emergency room for a blood test. Also, the police found a small amount of drugs in my house. It’s about cocaine ”.
After being pulled over for speeding, police searched his home and found the cocaine.
On Monday, prosecutor Silje Haugerstuen Bergsholm told the Norwegian news agency NTB that Northug faces preliminary charges for driving at 168 km / h in a 110 km / h limit zone, driving under the influence and possession of narcotics. .
Preliminary charges represent a step prior to filing formal charges. No date has yet been set for a court hearing.
“I am hopeless and afraid of what will happen in the future, and incredibly sorry to all those I have disappointed, again. I know it will now be a criminal case. Then I will take responsibility for what I have done, ”Northug wrote on Friday, the day after the incident.
In 2014, Northug crashed his car in Norway while driving drunk. He fled the scene and later apologized for the accident in which a passenger suffered a broken collarbone.