Kristoffersen furious over 4th place

Norway’s young slalom skiing star Henrik Kristoffersen was so angry over his relatively poor performance in the alpine world championships this weekend that he threw down his ski poles and trounced out of the finish area. His behaviour was already a matter of debate back home, not least among those who accuse Kristoffersen of undermining the entire Norwegian support system […]

Finally a medal for slalom skier Haugen

Leif Kristian Haugen, age 29, has been skiing for Norway on the World Cup circuit for eight years and finally won a place on the winners’ podium Friday – at the World Championships in St Moritz, no less. He howled with joy at the finish line. Haugen won the bronze medal in Friday’s grand slalom […]

Skiing bosses ‘acquitted’ in big medication debate

Officials at Norway’s national skiing federation (Norges Skiforbundet) have been cleared of intentionally misusing asthma medicine or prescribing it for athletes who don’t have asthma. A commission investigating the charges found, however, that the federation has had poor routines and needs to handle medications more seriously. The skiing bosses have been under heavy criticism that exploded […]

Highs and lows for biathlon stars

UPDATED: It’s been a dramatic World Championships for Norway’s star biathlon skiers this week in Hochfilzen, Austria. Ole Einar Bjørndalen went from the proverbial thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, the women’s team logged its worst performance ever and Emil Hegle Svendsen, who collapsed after a race last weekend, ended up 27th in the men’s […]

Johaug won’t appeal suspension herself

Norwegian skier Therese Johaug has opted against appealing the 13-month suspension from all competition and team training that she was handed last week by a sports tribunal in Norway. Her lawyer told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Wednesday that she now just wants to concentrate on her skiing and not on an appeal. It remains possible for […]

More sponsors may dump Johaug

UPDATED: Ski producer Fischer isn’t the only sponsor who may withdraw from contracts they have with Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug. Several other companies that have sponsored her, including Oakley, Colgate and Tagheuser, have a right to revoke contracts following her doping conviction that currently has resulted in a 13-month suspension from her sport. “This […]

Johaug verdict ‘likely to be appealed’

A 13-month ban from competition that was lodged against world champion Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug on Friday remains subject to appeal by a variety of players, not least Johaug herself. A member of the international ski federation FIS’ board reportedly told media in Finland Friday night that an appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Switzerland (CAS) […]

Rousing welcome for new football coach

Lars Lagerbäck, the Swedish football coach who carried Iceland to international fame in last year’s European Championships, got a hero’s welcome when he was presented on Wednesday as the new head coach for Norway’s beleaguered national men’s football team. Some commentators think Lagerbäck,who has led three national squads to championship finals, can finally end Norway’s losing […]

Men’s handball silver ‘good as gold’

Norway’s resurgent men’s handball team won an historic silver medal at the world championships in Paris Sunday evening, losing to the highly favoured hometown team France. After living in the shadow of the popular and highly successful women’s handball team for years, the men are now grabbing attention, too. “We looked longingly at the winners’ […]

Norway wins spot in handball finals

Fans were crying with joy from the grandstands in Paris to living rooms at home in Norway, and tears were shed among players and coaches alike: For the first time ever, Norway’s men’s handball team had made it to the semi-finals of the world championships, and then they won. As if that wasn’t enough, their victory was […]