‘Handball girls’ victorious again

They did it: Norway’s popular women’s handball team won the European Championships after a winning streak that defied injury and illness among the players. It wasn’t easy, though, with the women known as håndballjentene (the handball girls) battling Spain in a match described as “dramatic.” Norway made it into the finals in Budapest after beating […]

Norway lifts its ban on boxing

Bokser Cecilia Brækhus jubler etter seieren over Myriam Lamare fra Frankrike i tittelkampen i weltervekt-klassen under Nordic Fight Night i Frederikshavn lørdag kveld. Foto: Vegard Grøtt / NTB scanpix

After hours of debate, an albeit slim majority of Members of Parliament voted to end Norway’s ban on boxing Tuesday evening. Now world champion Cecelia Brækhus of Norway will legally be able to defend her titles on home turf instead of, for example, in Denmark. “This is unreal, it’s difficult to describe all the feelings I […]

Norway’s hard-won win over Poland

It was called a “difficult and painful” evening for Norway’s women’s handball team Monday night, when they struggled to prevail over Poland’s national squad. The pain turned into relief when they did win, by just two points. Sports commentators said the Norwegians were behind from the start, with the Polish women proving to be much tougher […]

Fannemel logs first World Cup win

Anders Fannemel, a 23-year-old ski jumper from Hornindal who lives in Lillehammer, finally won his first World Cup victory during competition in Russia over the weekend. He made his debut in 2007 and competed in his first World Cup four years ago, but had never managed to win an event. “Very well-deserved,” commented Norway’s national […]

Handball team heads for Euro semi-finals

Norway’s women’s handball team was on course for getting into the semi-finals of the European Championships, after beating Spain by a score of 29-26 on Saturday. Player Betina Riegelhuth was getting lots of the credit for the Norwegians’ strong performance at the major competition playing out in Hungary. “She’s making Norway’s best shots right now,” […]

Northug can train during ‘jail time’

Petter Northug

Disgraced Norwegian skier Petter Northug has been allowed to serve his prison sentence for drunk driving by wearing an electronic ankle cuff that will restrict his movements but allow him to keep training. He’ll need to wear the ankle cuff for the full 50 days of his sentence next autumn, but apparently won’t have to spend any time in […]

Football leader cleared

Yngve Hallén, president of Norway’s national football federation (NFF), was cleared this week of charges that he was involved in corruption while still the manager of the football club in Sogndal. The club, though, was ordered to improve its routines. Hallén had protested mightily when he was linked to alleged payments involving a player transfer […]

Handball winning streak continued

Norway’s national women’s handball team was jubilant after beating arch-rival Denmark in the latest of its matches at the European Championships in Hungary on Thursday. A new handball star was born as well, as Silje Solberg became the latest in a string of Norwegian goalkeepers over the years to put on an impressive performance. “It gives […]

‘Handball girls’ win opening match

Norway’s women’s handball team, popularly known as håndballjentene (the handball girls), won their opening match in the European Championships that started in Hungary on Sunday. After some recent disappointments for the team that won Olympic gold just two years ago, commentators called the victory “a brilliant beginning.” Norway beat Romania by a score of 27-19 as play for […]

Boxer Brækhus broke her foot


The injury sustained by Norwegian boxer Cecilia Brækhus in last weekend’s latest championship match turned out to be much more serious than she or anyone else thought. After thinking she simply had sprained something, she finally found out Wednesday that she sustained three fractures in her right foot. “As soon as it (the injury) happened, I […]