IOC: ‘Naive, stupid’ and ‘cowardly’

Gerhard Heiberg

“We have been naive and stupid,” declared Gerhard Heiberg, Norway’s veteran member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), after last week’s revelations of systematic, state-run doping among Russian athletes. Critics added “cowardly” after the IOC later decided not to ban the entire Russian team from the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after all. “It was […]

Skiing team’s doctor resigns

Knut Gabrielsen, the doctor for Norway’s men’s national ski team who’d wrongly advised star skier Martin Johnsrud Sundby on how to use his asthma medicine, has resigned. He said he felt terrible after giving Sundby advice that was ruled to be a violation of anti-doping rules, and stripped Sundby of some key victories. “It bothered me terribly,” […]

No Tour de France victories this year

UPDATED: None of the four Norwegian cyclists competing in this year’s Tour de France won any laps in the celebrated race that finally ended on Sunday, more than 3,500 kilometers after it began July 2. Alexander Kristoff, who’s been Norway’s most hopeful, admitted he simply ran out of strength during the final surge into Paris. Kristoff […]

Supporters rally around stricken skier

PHOTO: Holmenkollen Ski Festival/Magnus Nylokken

Norwegian skiers, Norway’s national skiing federation and even commercial sponsors were supporting multiple-medal-winner Martin Johnsrud Sundby on Thursday, after he was ruled as having illegally using an asthma medicine and stripped of major victories in the 2014-2015 skiing season. Other skiers and sports officials outside Norway weren’t so supportive, even suggesting that Norwegian skiers have received […]

Rekdal makes way for Deila

Kjetil Rekdal

Kjetil Rekdal, one of Norway’s most high-profile and tough-talking football personalities, will step aside at the end of this season as head coach of troubled Oslo club Vålerenga. He’s making way for Ronny Deila, another top Norwegian coach who’s been pondering his future since returning to Norway after two seasons at Celtic in Glasgow. Now Delia will […]

Bumpy start for Norway at Tour de France

Norway has four cyclists in this year’s Tour de France but none is expected to win. The best among them also got off to a rough start when the race began over the weekend. Edvald Boasson Hagen got caught in a major crash during the opening race, leaving him bloody and banged up but still fit […]

Iceland’s Euro2016 attracted record viewers

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) set another new record Sunday night when it aired the football match between Iceland and France at the European Championships (Euro2016). Fully 1,269,000 people in Norway were watching, up from the 1.2 million who watched Iceland beat England last week. Norwegian viewers also stuck with the broadcast even after the score was […]

Iceland’s heroes also Norway’s heroes

Even when the score was 4-0 in France’s favour, Iceland’s enthusiastic and proud football fans kept cheering, especially after Iceland scored in the second half. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) carried the match live, and attracted another huge audience after 1.2 million Norwegians watched Iceland’s earlier match against England. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/

NEWS ANALYSIS: What a swell party it was, not least in Norway. It was the proverbial “morning after” on Monday, following Iceland’s 5-2 loss to France at the European Championships Sunday night, but Norwegians who’d latched on to the Icelandic national football team as their own heroes at Euro2016 were claiming strong feelings of kinship, and […]

Four Norwegians start in Tour de France

For the first time in 25 years, four Norwegian cyclists will be taking part in the Tour de France. The legendary race was to start rolling this weekend and run through July 21. Alexander Kristoff, age 28 from Stavanger, and Edvald Boasson Hagen, age 29 from Lillehammer,  are among the “veterans” cycling again in the Tour […]

Iceland mania sweeps over Norway

Iceland’s ambassador to Norway has found himself being hugged on the streets of Oslo, and fully 1.2 million Norwegian football fans cheered for Iceland when they beat England earlier this week. On Sunday, when Iceland goes on to face France at the European Championships (Euro2016), at least as many Norwegians were expected to follow the action as Iceland-mania sweeps over […]