Ruling party says ‘NO’ to Olympics

Oslo's east side stands to get the most redevelopment from an Olympics in 2022, as shown in this architect's rendition of plans for an Olympic Village and media center in the district of Grouddalen. PHOTO: OSLO2022/Oslo kommune/Snøhetta

After three years of public debate and three hours of “long and good” discussions amongst themselves, Members of Parliament from the ruling Conservative Party voted against supporting a state financial guarantee for a Winter Olympics in Oslo in 2022. That effectively kills off the controversial and expensive plans by the City of Oslo to host the huge sporting event. […]

Football wonderboy gets another chance

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Martin Ødegaard, the 15-year-old Norwegian football sensation, told reporters in his typically humble style that he thought it was “nice” and “motivating” to be chosen to play in another match for the men’s national football team. This match, though, means he’ll be the youngest ever to play in a qualifier for the European Championships. Ødegaard […]

Solberg caught in Olympic battle

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has to decide whether the state should go along with sports and business pressure to financially guarantee an Olympics to pay attention to the will of the people and many within her own party and government who want to finally see an end to the expensive project. PHOTO: Statsministerens kontor

The heated debate over whether Oslo should bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2022 has created an Olympic-sized headache for Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Her government must decide whether to offer the needed state financial guarantee for the huge sporting event, and risks infuriating voters if she ignores strong public opposition. Solberg’s party, the Conservatives […]

Petter Solberg back on top

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More than a decade after winning the rally world championship in 2003, Norwegian racer Petter Solberg was thrilled to be back on top after winning the World Rallycross Championship, too. His victory in Italy over the weekend makes him the first to ever win in two different professional car sports. “Incredible,” Solberg shouted himself as he […]

Cycling president blasts safety along championship route

The president of Norway’s cycling federation, Harald Tidemann Hansen, was upset with the international cycling association UCI on Sunday after a service car for both Norway and Croatia drove off the road to avoid hitting a spectator, and crashed during the world championships in Spain. Riding in the car were both the coach of the […]

Molde to meet Odd in football cup final

In addition to battling it out in the league championships, Norway’s two top football clubs will be facing off in the country’s annual Cup Final on November 23. Odd, based in the Telemark city of Skien, beat Sarpsborg 08 Thursday night in a match that qualified it to meet Molde in the final. Odd beat Sarpsborg […]

Thousands ready to race uphill

It may not look so steep from this angle, but runners will climb 407 meters (1,340 feet) as fast they can. PHOTO: Oslos Bratteste

Just a week after the annual Oslo Marathon, more than 4,000 eager runners were ready to take part in a more unusual race on Saturday: Oslos Bratteste (Oslo’s Steepest), up the downhill ski slope called Wyllerløypa. It’s become popular for Norwegians to run uphill and Wyllerløypa is where downhill skiing events were held during Oslo’s […]

Marathon event was literally too long

The Oslo Marathon that ran through the streets of the Norwegian capital last weekend was long, even gruelling, for many of its participants, but now organizers have admitted that one of its associated races really was too long. The 10K route was 150 meters longer than the 10 kilometers it should have been and they’ve […]

Bergen to host cycling championships

The international cycling union UCI chose Norway’s west coast capital of Bergen to host the next UCI Road World Championships in 2017. Bergen had fought hard to win the championships and beat out rival bids from Bogota, Innsbruck and Melbourne. “This is something we’ve been dreaming about for a long time,” former top Norwegian cyclist Dag […]

Molde prevails again in Cup race

Molde Football Club will be playing in its second Norwegian cup final in a row after beating rival club Stabæk Wednesday night to clinch a spot in the country’s most popular fall standoff. The match wasn’t decided until the bitter end, when Mohamed Elyounoussi kicked in the winning goal. “I’m going to remember that goal for […]