Easter likely to become snow-free

Spring skiing near Pellestova

A final spring skiing spree in the mountains remains the much-hyped and traditional way for Norwegians to spend their long Easter holidays. Climate researchers predict, however, that by 2030, there won’t be any snow for skiing even in some of the most popular areas of the mountains of southern Norway. “Good skiing conditions will be […]

Last Easter free of snowmobiles

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Anti-snowmobile activists warned this would be the last peaceful Easter in the mountains before more than 100 municipalities can introduce public snowmobile licenses next year. A state government pilot program allowing local authorities to create trails and issue permits will shatter the outdoor peace and quiet, claimed one of Norway’s largest outdoor organizations. Meanwhile, Red […]

Oilers hockey club ‘living the dream’

The Stavanger Oilers beat Vålerenga on Mnday to once again win the national hockey championship on Monday. Here, player Mathias Trettenes in a duel with Jonte Berg. PHOTO: Carina Johansen / NTB Scanpix

Backed by cheering fans and pumped up by profits from their still-new arena in Norway’s oil capital, the Stavanger Oilers hockey club claimed their third national championship in a row on Monday night. Rival Oslo club Vålerenga was deeply disappointed, while the Oilers are “living the dream” of all hockey clubs in the country. It […]

Northug won’t rejoin national team

Despite a disappointing season, the former golden boy of Norwegian cross country skiing has no plans to rejoin the national team. Petter Northug joined commentators before a football match between Rosenborg and Odd on Sunday, and said he would continue his private sponsorship deal with a major supermarket chain. Northug said when he begins his […]

Shamed athletes: ‘We were stupid’

Shameful biathlon skiers (from left) Johannes Thingnes Bø, his older brother Tarjei Bø and Emil Hegle Svendsen faced the media at Holmenkollen in Oslo on Friday to apologize for their bad behaviour at a World Cup competition in Slovenia last month. PHOTO: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB Scanpix

All three of the Norwegian biathlon skiing stars who were reprimanded for drunkenness and vandalism during a World Cup event in Slovenia last month have now issued public apologies. “We were stupid, and now we have to be man enough to pay the price,” Olympic gold medalist Emil Hegle Svendsen told state broadcaster NRK on […]

Hockey player wins kudos in New York

Mats Zuccarello Aasen, the Norwegian hockey player who made it into the US’ prestigious National Hockey League, received a rare honour this week after being named the best player in a critical match for his team, the New York Rangers. The Norwegian who goes merely by his “Zuccarello” name abroad scored both of the Rangers’ […]

Biathlon stars land in trouble

Emil Hegle Svendsen won gold at the Winter Olympics in Sochi but also suffered some major disappointments. Now he and two biathlon teammates have been reprimanded for getting drunk and vandalizing cars during a World Cup event after the Olympics in Slovenia. PHOTO: Sochi2014

Three top Norwegian sports stars were being widely shamed on Thursday, after Norway’s national ski federation charged them with violating ethical regulations and engaging in distinctly unsportsmanlike behaviour. All three are effectively being fined as well. The ski federation (Norges Skiforbund) announced that Emil Hegle Svendsen, Tarjei Bø and his brother Johannes Thingnes Bø have […]

Coach loses contract but wins apology

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Jarle Pedersen, the outgoing coach of the Norwegian speed skating team, lashed out at the Skating Federation (Norges Skøyteforbund) on Wednesday over the very public handling of his removal from the role. The federation’s president apologized on Thursday, admitting it was unprofessional to start discussing Pedersen’s replacement in the media before even speaking with the […]

UEFA investigates match fixing claims

Erik ‘Panzer’ Hagen, the former national Norwegian football star, met with European sports officials in Switzerland on Tuesday after he made explosive match fixing claims last week. Hagen and fellow Norwegian Jørgen Jalland claimed bribery was rife when they played in Russia’s top league between 2005 and 2008. Hagen fronted a closed UEFA hearing in […]

Curlers celebrate Championship win

Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud shouts to his teammates during their men's curling round robin game against the US at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi February 10, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/NTB Scanpix

Norway’s popular curling team won gold at the World Championship finals for the first time in 26 years in Beijing on Sunday. The men’s team members, as well known for their snappy dressing as their skills on the ice, made up for their disappointing showing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this month. “We […]