New football boss keen for kick-off

Pål Bjerketvedt

While Norway’s football bureaucrats search for a new coach for the national team, the head of Norwegian news bureau NTB is getting ready to take over as secretary general of the state football federation Norges Fotballforbund (NFF). Pål Bjerketvedt, age 56, is going from one crisis-branch to another. Bjerketvedt, who will replace the often controversial Kjetil Siem, told newspaper […]

Norwegian cities keen to host next chess championship

Norway’s national chess federation (Norges Sjakkforbund) was meeting on Thursday with top city officials in Oslo, to discuss a bid for hosting the next World Chess Championships in 2018. Stavanger is also interested in hosting the event. “We think we can create a fantastic folkefest (celebration) in Oslo and in Norway, Geir Nesheim, secretary general […]

Handball back for the holidays

Norwegian handball fans can once again get their fill of traditional pre-Christmas matches, after the European Championships started this week. Norway won the first of three matches, against Romania in Helsingborg, Sweden. The Norwegians beat the Romanians, both top teams, by a score of 23-21 in a match that was not without controversy. State broadcaster NRK […]

Skiers had a great day on slopes and trails

Top Norwegian skiers were ecstatic on Friday after winning World Cup races both in the alps and at home. Downhill racer Aksel Lund Svindal was among the most thrilled, even though he placed second, after nonetheless making a “dream comeback” at Val d’Isere. Svindal didn’t win, placing second behind fellow Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud in the […]

764,000 followed Carlsen’s championship victory

Fully a fifth of Norway’s population stayed up well past midnight on Wednesday to watch their Norwegian chess hero win his third World Chess Championship in a row. Ratings numbers released for Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK’s) live coverage alone showed that a total of 764,000 viewers watched the championship action from start to finish. “That’s a […]

Champion Carlsen thanks his father

A tired but relieved Magnus Carlsen, being interviewed live on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) just minutes after winning his third World Chess Championship in New York on Wednesday, which also was his 26th birthday. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

There were lots of people and organizations that Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen needed and wanted to thank after becoming World Chess Champion for the third time in a row on Wednesday night. His most touching tribute, though, went to his father Henrik, a mild-mannered engineer who recognized his son’s talent at an early age and has stayed by […]

Johaug suspended for 14 months

Therese Johaug

Norway’s anti-doping agency has determined that top skier Therese Johaug should be suspended for 14 months after she tested positive for a steroid in September. Anti-Doping Norge’s committee that prosecutes doping cases claimed that Johaug is to blame for not checking the contents of a cream she used to treat sun-blistered lips. Johaug was sentenced “to the loss […]

Skiers still Norway’s best-loved athletes

Marit Bjørgen out in front again, during the women's 30-kilometer race on Saturday. Her victory capped a week of brilliant skiing that made her the undisputed queen of the World Championships in Italy. PHOTO: Canon

Despite months of controversy over doping and sponsorship conflicts, biathlon and cross-country skiers are still Norway’s most cherished athletes. A recent survey placed them on top of all other athletes in Norway, and it didn’t hurt that season openers over the weekend left the Norwegians still dominating the sport. The skiers’ administrators, like other officials in Norway’s […]

Gondola drama left skiers hanging

Around 40 skiers at the Hafjell Alpine Center north of Lillehammer had to be rescued from the gondolas they were riding in on Sunday. One of them hung up in what was described as a “derailment” that may have been caused by strong winds in the area. The entire gondola system ground to a halt, leaving […]

Kristoffersen wants NOK 15 million

Henrik Kristoffersen

Norway’s 22-year-old slalom skier Henrik Kristoffersen is demanding as much as NOK 15 million from the country’s national skiing federation if it continues to prevent him from wearing the logo of Red Bull, which wants to sponsor him. It’s the latest twist in a legal conflict that’s upsetting the entire ski team, its management and skiing […]