Hockey stars drew a huge crowd

Far more Norwegians showed up for an unusual charity ice hockey match at Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium over the weekend than normally show up for the football matches normally held there. They were drawn by Norwegian hockey star Mats Zuccarello and other top players from the NHL. “It’s fantastic to see so many people here,” Zuccarello […]

‘Medal magic’ for Team Ingebrigtsen

His girlfriend probably said it best, after 17-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen crossed the finish line first again Saturday night, this time followed by his older brother Henrik: “It was magic.” The two Norwegian brothers made history by winning both the gold and silver medals in the tough men’s 5,000 meter race at the European Championships in […]

Youngest Ingebrigtsen wins Euro gold

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, at an age of 17, ran away with the gold medal in the men’s 1,500-meter race at the European Championships Friday night, ahead of his older brothers Henrik and Filip. All three made history by qualifying for the final, and all were medal candidates, but Jakob stole the show. “This is just ridiculous […]

Ski team members carried colleague’s casket

Funeral services were held on Thursday for former top Norwegian skier Vibeke Skofterud, with four of her national ski team members carrying her casket to her gravesite. Skiing stars Marit Bjørgen and Therese Johaug were among those tearfully serving as pall bearers. The Eidsberg church in Skofterud’s home county of Østfold, southeast of Oslo, was […]

Karsten Warholm wins gold again

Norway’s “crazy” Viking athlete Karsten Warholm won another gold medal, this time at the European Championships in Berlin, when he crossed the finish line first in the men’s 400-meter hurdles race Thursday evening. After donning his customary Viking helmet, he was ready to sum up the race: “It was tough, it cost incredibly much, and […]

Father scolds the Ingebrigtsens

Norway’s highly self-confident Ingebrigtsen brothers all made it into the finals of the 1,500-meter race at the European Championships on Wednesday, but their coach and father wasn’t entirely pleased. He said his three sons need to become “less cocky.” Gjert Ingebrigtsen was glad his sons Henrik (age 27), Filip (25) and Jakob (17) all ran […]

Norway Cup kicked off again

The football tournament that bills itself as the world’s largest for children and youth aged 10 to 19 got underway once again in Oslo over the weekend. Norway Cup has seen its number of teams decline, however, with 1,899 this year and less than 100 of them from abroad. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported on Monday that […]

Tour de France win ‘saved my season’

Norwegian cyclist Alexander Kristoff claims he could forget all the other disappointments of this year’s cycling season when he sailed over the finish line first in the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday. “This is so cool, so great!” Kristoff exclaimed right after his triumph in the fabled city with […]

Police probe death of former skiing star

UPDATED: Police say it may take several weeks to find out what led to the marine jet ski accident that killed Vibeke Skofterud during the weekend off the coast of Southern Norway. They were pointing on Monday, though, to darkness and high speed as probable causes after the body of the former World Champion cross-country […]

Three Norwegians in Tour de France

Cycling veteran Alexander Kristoff of Stavanger was once again rolling out from the starting line in the Tour de France on Saturday. Edvald Boasson Hagen of Lillehammer was too, along with 24-year-old Amund Grøndahl Jansen from Nes in Akersus, who’s making his debut in the world’s biggest bike race. “It will be exhausting, but hopefully […]