Northug’s gold rush over for now

PHOTO: Nordic Focus/FIS Photo Pool

Petter Northug was back on the front pages of most Norwegian newspapers on Monday, but for all the right reasons this time. The skier who performed badly last season and then crashed in a driving drunk spree ended up taking home four gold medals, while Norway itself celebrated its best Nordic World Ski Championships ever. Competition ended on […]

Johaug, ski jumpers mined more gold

Therese Johaug

Therese Johaug flew over the finish line after skiing 30 kilometers (18 miles) in just under an hour and 25 minutes, to win the gold medal in the final women’s event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Sweden on Saturday. Then she skied nearly another kilometer, just waving the Norwegian flag and enjoying the cheers of […]

Northug nails the gold again

Petter Northug anchored the Norwegian men’s ski team in the 10-kilometer relay at the world championships in Sweden on Friday and was first to cross the finish line, bringing Norway its eighth gold medal in the competition so far. The Norwegians beat their arch-rival Swedes in a dramatic and close finish. “You feel the pressure from […]

Norwegians win championship relay

Norway’s top women skiers redeemed themselves after crushing losses on Tuesday and won the women’s relay at the Nordic World Ski Championships on Thursday. Their victory was aided by a rival Swedish skier’s fall. “What a nightmare for (Maria) Rydqvist (of Sweden),” claimed commentator Jann Post on state broadcaster NRK as the race was carried live […]

Gløersen wins bronze, Northug gave up

Norwegian Anders Gløersen skied into third place in Wednesday’s 15-kilometer race for men at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, as another race ended with some surprise results in difficult conditions. Norway’s skiing star Petter Northug gave up when he realized he wouldn’t place among the top 15 skiers, and ended up in 62nd […]

Norwegian women lose badly in Falun

Norway’s superwomen had to face unusual defeat at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun on Tuesday, losing badly to Swedish skiing star Charlotte Kalla and two Americans. “Today we were not good enough,” the Norwegian in charge of the team’s ski preparation, Knut Nystad, told state broadcaster NRK. The Norwegians have dominated the World Championships […]

Medal rush continued at World Championships

Norwegian athletes have scooped up 11 medals after the first four days of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden. Six of them are gold, with one in particular bringing more tears, this time of joy, to two of Norway’s top skiers on the women’s team. Last year at this time, skiers Therese Johaug and […]

Northug’s tears of joy and relief

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He’s back. Cross-country skier Petter Northug said he’d never felt such a sense of relief and accomplishment as when he crossed the finish line first in the opening event of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden on Thursday. After a year of poor performances that bottomed out with drunk driving last spring, Northug showed […]

Bjørgen emerged a champ again, too

PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

Norwegian ski queen Marit Bjørgen retained her crown on the opening day of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden on Thursday. She was the favourite once again, and she didn’t disappoint herself or her fans. Bjørgen was, however, almost completely overshadowed by fellow Norwegian Petter Northug, who made a spectacular comeback on the ski […]

Svindal drops rest of ski season

Aksel Lund Svindal

Norway’s alpine skiing star Aksel Lund Svindal has decided to let his comeback in the World Championships be his only participation in this year’s ski season. The 32-year-old downhill racer is aiming for an even bigger comeback next season. Svindal impressed the skiing world again when he placed sixth in both the Super-G and the […]