Johaug suspended, doctor faces charges

Norway's World Champion cross-country skier Therese Johaug was suspended on Wednesday after testing positive for a banned substance. PHOTO: NRK screen grab

UPDATED: Norway’s world champion skier Therese Johaug has been suspended for two months by the legal committee of the country’s anti-doping agency, Antidoping Norge, after testing positive for use of a banned substance. Her doctor also faces charges and the suspension means Johaug, who has ranked among the world’s best cross-country skiers for several years, will most likely be […]

Cycling stars quarreled after World Championship loss

Norway’s two top cyclists, Alexander Kristoff and Edvald Boasson Hagen, wound up at odds with one another this week after Kristoff blamed Hagen for all but ruining Kristoff’s chances for winning the World Championships in Qatar over the weekend. Kristoff accused Hagen of trying to win himself, instead of backing up Kristoff. Hagen flatly denied […]

‘Arrogance’ ruins sports reputation

Therese Johaug has already suffered a massive fall from grace, and Norway's overall sports reputation is in shambles, both at home and abroad. PHOTO: NRK screen grab

NEWS ANALYSIS: As news broke Monday that skiing star Therese Johaug had herself overlooked a clear doping warning on a package of lip salve, it’s not just Norway’s skiers who are suffering a sharp loss of credibility. The country’s entire sports bureaucracy is under fire, for all kinds of reasons, with commentators claiming that those […]

Johaug ‘crushed,’ doctor resigns

Therese Johaug

UPDATED: Norway’s cross-country skiing star Therese Johaug, crying throughout a mid-day press conference on Thursday, repeated claims that she was “crushed” after testing positive for a banned steroid that was contained in a medical cream she used to treat sunburned lips last summer. She also said she was “furious” and “so innocent” in the doping violation that has thrown Norwegian […]

National football team finally wins a match

Norway’s national men’s football team ended a long losing streak on home turf in Oslo Tuesday night, but that doesn’t assure the future of the team’s much-criticized coach Per-Mathias Høgmo. Fans and commentators weren’t impressed by the 4-1 victory over San Marino. The match was, however, a World Cup qualifier and it would have been disastrous […]

National coach’s job on the line

Per-Mathias Høgmo

Per-Mathias Høgmo is arguably the most talked-about man in Norway these days. Many were speculating that his days as head coach of the country’s national men’s football team are numbered, after another humiliating loss over the weekend. This time the Norwegians lost another important World Cup qualifier when they failed to beat Azerbaijan. The match […]

No more ‘X Games’ in Oslo

Oslo taxpayers won’t be paying for another winter “X Games” this year, after city politicians turned down the organizers’ funding requests. The organizers are now trying to secure funding from the state instead. Oslo provided NOK 42 million (nearly USD  6 million at the time) for last year’s X Games, which also attracted a doping controversy. The city […]

Warm Oslo Marathon drew crowds

Nearly 20,000 runners took part in various races tied to the Oslo Marathon over the weekend, with unseasonably warm weather drawing crowds of spectators as well.  The sweat ran among both participants and the crowds who turned the annual event into what the Norwegians call a folkefest (people’s party). Norwegians won both the men’s and women’s […]

Swimmer Rung wins another gold in Rio

Norwegian swimmer Sarah Louise Rung won her second gold medal at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, bringing her total stash to five medals since the games began shortly after the Olympics. While Norway’s Olympic athletes did poorly in Rio, the country’s Paralympic athletes have done much better. The 26-year-old Rung lead the pack, […]

Hockey guys savour ‘Olympic’ victory

While Norway’s national men’s football team was licking its wounds on Monday, the country’s hockey team was riding high. A victory against France at home in Oslo on Sunday secured them a spot in the next Winter Olympics, and the players sang the national anthem with their arms around each other. “This is the proudest moment […]