Skier Svindal joins Jansrud in US


Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway’s downhill skiing star, has been back on skis this past week after tearing his Achilles tendon in a freak accident last autumn. Now he aims to give fellow Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud some competition, after Jansrud won the men’s downhill in Kitzbuhel over the weekend. Jansrud, who won Olympic gold last year […]

Private jet whisked Martin to Madrid

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UPDATED: Norway’s talented young football player Martin Ødegaard went on board a private jet at the Rygge airport south of Moss early Thursday, bound for Madrid and the world’s largest football club. “It doesn’t get any bigger than this,” wrote the commentator for Norway’s biggest newspaper Aftenposten, just before the teenager from Drammen was about to […]

Ødegaard charmed TV audience

Martin Ødegaard

Norway’s teenage football sensation Martin Ødegaard charmed a national TV audience over the weekend when he delivered a thank-you speech at an annual sports gala after winning an award for making the biggest breakthrough of the year. Speculation continues to swirl over the 16-year-old’s future. Ødegaard became the youngest athlete to ever win the award at state […]

Bjørgen cried over latest victory

Marit Bjørgen

Marit Bjørgen retained her throne as Norway’s undisputed ski queen on Sunday after finally winning the Tour de Ski at Val di Fiemme, but was reduced to tears over her latest victory. Martin Johnsrud Sundby, meanwhile, won the men’s Tour de Ski as the Norwegian dominance of international Nordic skiing competition continued. “I thought maybe […]

Bjørgen ‘unbeatable’ in Tour de Ski

Norwegian ski queen Marit Bjørgen continued her smashing performance at the Tour de Ski in Toblach, Italy on Thursday. She won her fifth race in a row and was viewed as the clear favorite to win the entire weeklong tournament. The Tour de Ski is the only major event Bjørgen has never won. The 34-year-old veteran […]

Northug kicks up new fuss

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Norway’s “bad boy” of skiing, Petter Northug, is back in form, both on and off the ski trails. After a few days of leading the pack in this week’s Tour de Ski, Northug kicked up a fuss by making light of his drunk-driving conviction last spring, and then not regretting a thing. The occasion was his […]

Jacobsen’s jumps landed him fifth

Hopes were high for the Norwegian ski jumping team at this week’s annual Hoppuka (Four Hills Tournament) in the alps, but they went home disappointed. Anders Jacobsen’s jumps were the best among them, but not good enough to win. Austrian jumpers prevailed in the competition, with Jacobsen landing in fifth place when the World Cup tournament ended […]

Birkebeiner race still not sold out

There’s been a marked decline in the number of skiers signing up quickly to compete in this year’s traditional Birkebeiner race over the mountains of eastern Norway. Race organizers, however, are confident it eventually will sell out, just slower than it has in recent years. Eager skiers earlier have snapped up all 17,000 spots in the […]

Skiing dominance churns up debate

Norway's Marit Bjørgen (center) once again led the pack of skiers in the weekend opening of the Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf, with fellow Norwegians Heidi Weng and Therese Johaug placing second and third on Sunday. Weng and Ragnhild Haga placed second and third at Saturday's opener behind Bjørgen, who put on what commentators called a show of force and thanked support staff for providing her with "super skis." PHOTO: International Ski Federation/FIS Tour de Ski

NEWS ANALYSIS: As Norwegian skiers claimed more victories over the weekend, this time at the Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf, debate kept flying over their utter domination of the cross-country sport. Both Norwegian men and women have been blanketing the winners’ platforms so far this season, after doing the same at last winter’s Olympics in Sochi, and questions are rising over […]

Anders Jacobsen wins major ski jumping event

Norwegian ski jumper Anders Jacobsen soared to a brilliant comeback in his sport on New Year’s Day when he won the second of four German-Austrian World Cup events in the week-long Four Hills Tournament, known as Hoppuka (Jumping Week) in Norwegian. Jacobsen won Thursday’s event at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany, where he also won two years ago. Since […]