Cycling fans ‘go wild’ in Bergen

Norwegian sports fans are known for being enthusiastic – waving flags, ringing cow bells, painting their faces and cheering loudly. Those turning out for the cycling world championships in Bergen this week have outdone themselves, creating such pandemonium that police felt compelled to step in. “I’ve never experienced anything wilder,” Norwegian cycling star Edvald Boasson Hagen […]

Women win another World Cup qualifier

Norway’s women’s national football team seems to be on a new winning streak of sorts, rolling over Slovakia Tuesday night on home turf in Sarpsborg. The women beat Slovakia by a score of 6-1, even without their star player Ada Hegerberg. “I think we played a fantastic first half,” the women’s head coach Martin Sjögren […]

IOC member passes the torch

Gerhard Heiberg has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the past 23 years. At the age of 78, he passed the torch to another Norwegian at an IOC meeting in Lima, Peru over the weekend. Kristin Kloster Aasen, age 56, said she was both “proud but very humble” to take on the […]

Victory boosts spirits on women’s football team

Norway’s suddenly beleaguered women’s football team was cheered heading into the weekend when they finally won a match, and decisively at that. Their 4-1 victory over Northern Ireland was a good start in the qualifiers for the next World Cup. It was almost expected that the Norwegian women would win, since Northern Ireland is ranked […]

Japanese ‘legend’ wins Oslo Marathon

Yuki Kawauchi, a 30-year-old marathon star from Japan, out-classed all others in the Oslo Marathon on Saturday, winning it with a time of two hours, 12 minutes and 58 seconds under brilliantly sunny skies. Kawauchi is often called both “a legend” and “the rock star of running sports,” because of his impressive results and refusal to […]

Runners and cyclists block streets

Residents of Oslo and Bergen were facing a weekend, and even a whole week, with blocked streets and traffic disruption. The annual Oslo Marathon was bringing around 20,000 runners into the Norwegian capital, while the cycling World Championships in Bergen was set to roll until September 24. The Oslo Marathon was to get underway Saturday morning, […]

Vålerenga’s new stadium didn’t help men’s football club

After weeks of hype and a huge investment, Oslo’s Vålerenga athletics association VIF opened its new stadium with great if soggy fanfare over the weekend. Fans and players alike braved rain showers both Saturday and Sunday, but the long-awaited new sports facility didn’t help the men’s football club. They lost their debut match on new home turf […]

Football boss rejects calls to quit

Calls were going out on Tuesday for the resignation of Nils Johan Semb, a former coach of Norway’s national football team who’s held the title of “top football chief” in the country’s national football federation NFF since 2009. With both the women’s and men’s teams in crisis after a string of poor performances and internal […]

Germans humiliate men’s football team

Norway’s latest football fiasco was nothing less than painful for all involved, not least beleaguered Norwegian football fans. The national team’s devastating 6-0 loss to Germany in Stuttgart Monday night was enough to leave players, coaches and bosses of the sport hanging their heads in shame. Never before has a Norwegian team lost a national match by […]

Thousands out hiking as autumn settles in

At least 47,000 Norwegians are estimated to have headed ut på tur (out on a hike) during the weekend, as the Norwegian mountain trekking association DNT (Den norske Turistforening) organized its annual Kom deg ut (literally “Get yourselves out”) day on Sunday. It’s also known as Norway’s largest Sunday stroll. DNT arranged special events all […]