NRK and TV2 lose Olympic coverage

Marit Bjørgen did well at last year's Olympics in Vancouver and seems to be Norway's greatest hope for more gold at the World Championships. PHOTO: NRK/Views and News

Television coverage of the next two Winter- and Summer Olympics has become too expensive even for Norway’s two nationally licensed broadcasters NRK and TV2. After losing out in the bidding for Olympic broadcasting rights from 2018 to 2024, both commentators and the broadcasters themselves wondered whether they’ll ever be able to air Olympic events again. NRK is Norway’s state public […]

Frustrated Carlsen logged shocking loss

Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen was clearly feeling like anything but a champion on Thursday, after losing yet another, and final, match at the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger. He was so frustrated that he pushed away a reporter’s microphone from Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). The incident occurred after he lost a match to fellow Norwegian […]

Pregnant ski queen drops next season

Marit Bjørgen

Marit Bjørgen, Norway’s international queen of the cross-country ski trails, announced Tuesday that she won’t be taking part in competition this coming winter season. That’s because Bjørgen and her partner Fred Børre Lundberg are expecting their first child in December. Bjørgen has won every major race in Nordic skiing, from multiple World Championships and Olympic gold […]

Norway out of World Cup in Canada

The Norwegian women’s national football team was “terribly disappointed” on Tuesday after losing a match against England Monday evening that literally kicked them out of further play at the World Cup in Canada. “I thought we were good, but you have to score goals,” said a disappointed Solveig Gulbrandsen when it was all over. She […]

Norwegian women win at World Cup again

Norway’s national football team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 continued to advance after beating the Ivory Coast by a score of 3-1. Top scorer Ada Hegerberg, however, wasn’t entirely satisfied. “I was sloppy myself on the receiving end and in general,” Hegerberg told newsbureau NTB. “We have to deliver at a much higher level […]

Women celebrate likely advancement at World Cup

Norway’s national women’s football team was jubilant after scoring against the powerhouse German team in World Cup competition in Ottawa on Thursday. They also managed to keep Germany from logging a victory, with the match ending in a 1-1 tie. A free penalty kick scored by Maren Mjelde was hailed by commentators as “perfect,” and a “pearl” that […]

Swedish showdown ended in a draw

Commentators were complaining about missed opportunities after a match between the Norwegian and Swedish men’s national football teams ended with a score of 0-0 Monday night. Norway’s wonderboy Martin Ødegaard, though, was said to have put on a “brilliant” display. The match packed the national football stadium in Oslo, with an unusually large crowd of more […]

FIFA sunk football boss’ board candidacy

Norwegian sports bureaucrats claimed they were shocked on Sunday when the head of Norway’s national football federation (NFF) failed to win a set on the country’s national athletics board (Norges idrettsforfund, NIF), which also encompasses the country’s Olympic committee. Yngve Hallén is widely believed to have been dumped because of his initially weak reaction to […]

Norwegian women rolled over Thailand

Norway’s women’s national football team got off to a good start at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Ottawa on Sunday. They beat Thailand 4-0 after hanging on to the ball for most of the match. Norway had faced off against Thailand only once earlier, in 1988, and did well then, too. There was […]

Thousands ready for Norway-Sweden match

Around 22,500 tickets had already been sold by Monday morning for the evening’s “private” football match in Oslo between the national men’s teams of Norway and Sweden. That’s a lot for Ullevaal Stadium in the Norwegian capital, with many clearly keen to see each country’s stars in action: Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Sweden and young Morten Ødegaard […]