Skiers get to test experts’ tracks

A lack of snow in the hills and forests above Oslo hasn’t allowed organizers to prepare the traditional trails for this weekend’s long, popular ski race known as Holmenkollmarsjen. As a consolation, skiers will instead be able to race over the professionals’ course up at Holmenkollen itself. Only 500 of those registered have opted to sit out this […]

Lillehammer ready for Youth Olympics

Lillehammer and the valley known as Gudbrandsdalen where it's located will be hosting Olympic events for teenagers through February 21. PHOTO: Lillehammer 2016/Cathrine Dokken

Known for hosting what’s widely known as “the best Winter Olympics ever” in 1994, the Norwegian city of Lillehammer was ready to start hosting another youthful version beginning this weekend. While Oslo voted against hosting another full-scale Olympics in 2022, more than a thousand young athletes from 70 nations have gathered in and around Lillehammer […]

Johaug left rivals in the fog

PHOTO: Holmenkollen Skifestival/Magnus Nyløkken

Skiing star Therese Johaug put on another show of strength and skill on Sunday, and continued the Norwegians’ winning streak this season. Her smashing victory in the women’s 30-kilometer race at Holmenkollen in Oslo will go down in the record books as the most decisive since the race was launched in 1993. Johaug, a 27-year-old […]

Sundby now writes ski history himself

PHOTO: Holmenkollen Ski Festival/Magnus Nylokken

Norwegian skiing ace Martin Johnsrud Sundby wrote an essay on the history of skiing 21 years ago, when he was in the fifth grade. Now he’s making history himself as one of the greatest Norwegian skiers ever, after logging yet another victory at Holmenkollen in Oslo over the weekend. “For me, skis and skiing were […]

Rain, fog, drunks plagued ‘skifest’

More than 23,000 people had purchased tickets to the Holmenkollen Ski Festival a week before it began, and many lined the cross-country  ski race route despite fog and rainy weather. They cheered on the racers while also commenting that it was "typical" to have bad weather and poor visibility at the annual event. PHOTO: Holmenkollen Skifestival

It was supposed to be a festive winter sports party, but this year’s Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Oslo turned into a foggy, wet and, by some accounts, even frightening experience for quite a few spectators. The thrill of two Norwegian athletes’ victories on Saturday and Sunday was dashed by the agony of those claiming later on […]

Handball winning streak ended in protest

UPDATED: Norway’s men’s handball team ended its winning streak at the European World Championships Friday night, after a thrilling semi-final match against Germany. The latter scored in the last minute, giving the Germans a 34-33 victory over Norway and securing them a spot in the finals. The match ended in more than just disappointment for […]

Record interest in Arctic Race of Norway

More Tour de France cycling teams than ever before want to also take part in this year’s Arctic Race of Norway. The fourth annual race around selected portions of Northern Norway is due to start rolling on August 11. That’s not long after the gruelling Tour de France ends, but weary racers appear keen to […]

Norwegian handball heroes on a roll

Several members of Norway’s jubilant men’s handball team were convinced that “anything can happen” now at the European World Championships, after the Norwegians won again Wednesday night over another one of the world’s top teams. The Norwegians’ 29-24 victory over powerhouse France cemented their spot in the semi-finals on Friday against Germany, since Spain won its group after […]

Men’s handball team jubilant after beating Poland

Norwegian handball fans were celebrating over the weekend, after their men’s handball team beat the Polish powerhouse team on its home turf in Krakow, and in an important match at the European Championships. The thrilling victory greatly enhanced Norway’s chances of making it to the semi-finals. Commentators quickly noted that the Norwegian team only needed one point from upcoming […]

Svindal survives a horrible fall

Aksel Lund Svindal was back in the hospital Saturday afternoon. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

UPDATED: Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway’s popular and highly respected downhill racer, suffered a dramatic fall at the World Cup in Kitzbühel on Saturday that literally sent him flying into an aerial somersault before crashing into the mountain on his side and then being flung into the fences along the course. Gasps of anguish among spectators turned into […]