Biathlon bosses under investigation

UPDATED: Police in both Norway and Austria have taken aim at the top international leaders of biathlon, the sport that combines skiing and shooting. Both the Norwegian president of the International Biathlon Union (IBU), who denies doing anything wrong, and the IBU’s secretary general in Austria are under investigation for alleged economic crimes and concealing […]

Skiing star Bjørgen goes out on top

UPDATED: Marit Bjørgen, who just became the most-winning Winter Olympian of all time, has decided to retire from professional cross-country skiing while she’s still the world’s reigning ski queen. She’ll ski her last race on Saturday in the Norwegian championships now underway in Alta. She was smiling and joked with reporters before another race on […]

Biathlon legend reluctantly retires

After standing on the winners’ platform 256 times in the course of his 24-year-long sports career, Ole Einar Bjørndalen has reluctantly decided to retire after a disappointing winter that was plagued by heart trouble. Norway’s legendary biathlon skiing star was nearly overcome by emotion as he announced on Tuesday that this past season was his […]

Northug breaks a record, stays mum

Finally some good news for Norway’s former skiing sensation Petter Northug: He’s won two Norwegian ski races in recent days including  Sandfjellrennet for the third time on Wednesday. He also broke Sandfjellrennet’s finishing time, but was tight-lipped about his plans for next season as questions rise around his sponsors. Northug beat national team member Didrik […]

Birkebeiner race logs new growth

Norway’s legendary Birkebeiner ski races last weekend could report an increase in their numbers of participants, after a few years of decline. There were rave review afterwards as well, because of the exceptionally good weather. It was the 80th anniversary for the race over the mountains from Rena from Lillehammer, and organizers claimed it was […]

Holmenkollen to fend off more ‘fylla’

UPDATED: More crowds and sports fans headed up to Holmenkollen in Oslo over the weekend, for World Cup biathlon competition. Organizers promised that they would not be subjected to the drunken disordliness called fylla that plagued last weekend’s World Cup ski jumping and cross-country events, and that they were “working hard” to prevent it from […]

‘Dream come true’ for Iditarod winner

Joar Leifseth Ulsom, a 31-year-old musher from Mo i Rana in Northern Norway, was awash in congratulatory messages from back home after he won the famed Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska this week. He was mostly giving credit to his four-legged friends. “It’s quite unbelievable that we managed this, it’s out of this world,” […]

Pedersen wins gold at Paralympics

Jesper Pedersen from Karmøy was cherishing Norway’s first gold medal at the Paralympics in South Korea, part of a new medals rush following the Winter Olympics last month. Pedersen’s victory in the men’s giant slalom sitting came after he’d already won the World Cup in his sport. “I don’t think I’ve realized this yet, it’s […]

Cycling festival became a fiasco

It was fun while it lasted. Bergen’s much-hyped hosting of the cycling world championships last fall went from a dream to a nightmare, with its top officials blamed for “shocking incompetence” regarding its financing. Now the organizing firm Bergen 2017 AS has been declared bankrupt and Norway’s national cycling federation faces a budget deficit of NOK […]

‘Kollen’ shame hurts Olympic hopes

Norway’s biggest annual winter sports weekend ended with Norwegians winning most everything, but leaving them stunned and shamed by drunk- and disorderly conduct among spectators. Athletes’ hopes of another Winter Olympics (OL) in Norway were quickly put on ice, at least temporarily. The chaos that spoiled the Holmenkollen Ski Festival on Saturday was not reflected in […]