New Olympic bids fall flat

Bergen, Stavanger and the western mountain city of Voss are teaming up to study the possibilities of mounting a bid for a “Fjord Olympics” in 2030, while Lillehammer officials are pondering the same, in either 2026 or 2030. The ambitious projects were immediately rejected as unrealistic, both financially and politically. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported Thursday that […]

Case dropped against Johaug’s doctor

UPDATED: Norway’s anti-doping agency has decided to drop its case against Dr Fredrik Bendiksen, the former doctor for the Norwegian national ski team. Bendiksen was the doctor who purchased a tube of lip cream in Italy and gave it to star skier Therese Johaug to use, without noticing that it contained a steroid that led to Johaug’s […]

Top sports official forced to resign

Years of conflicts in his job as secretary general of Norway’s national athletics federation (Norges Idrettsforbund, NIF) finally caught up with Inge Andersen on Monday. The board of NIF asked him to resign after a recent flurry of marathon meetings, but he’ll leave with NOK 2 million in severance pay. That’s controversial in Norway, a country where […]

Nightmare start for dream coach

The new Swedish coach of Norway’s national men’s football team was widely viewed as the best man capable of turning his young Norwegians into a dream team. He got off to a nightmare start on Sunday night, with a 2-0 loss in Belfast against Northern Ireland, but he was stoically positive the morning after. “We […]

Weng tops in skiers’ earnings

Heidi Weng topped this year’s earnings list for Norwegian skiers, with total winnings of just over NOK 2.3 million (USD 274,000). By winning the overall World Cup, she beat her rivals, and not just at the finish line. In addition comes earnings from various sponsorships and other support, but it’s the race winnings that seem […]

Drama at the Birkebeiner when snowmobile hit skier

It was described as “the worst that can happen,” and it did: A professional video crew taping the action in Saturday’s traditional Birkebeiner ski race over the mountains between Rena and Lillehammer collided with this year’s winner of the overall World Cup, Martin Johnsrud Sundby.  It was the proverbial wake-up call for both athletes and crews […]

Too much partying spoiled ski finale

Skiers, biathlon stars and ski jumpers were all wrapping up their sports seasons over the weekend, and in a couple of cases, the celebrations got out of hand. Police had to halt a biathlon party at Oslo’s legendary Holmenkollen Park Hotel, while a former ski jumping star lost his driver’s license after too many drinks the night […]

Sundby disappoints the Canadians

Norwegian cross-country skier Martin Johnsrud Sundby has chalked up so many points during this past ski season that he’s already been assured of winning the overall World Cup this weekend. He thus opted against traveling to Canada to take part in some final short-distance events and collect his prize, disappointing Canadian organizers and aggravating others who longed to […]

Grandmother wins tough dogsled race in Finnmark

Elisabeth Edland, a 58-year-old grandmother who’s also a veteran dogsled racer, was first over the finish line in Alta on Tuesday as the annual Finnmarksløpet came to an end. She could hardly believe her victory herself. “Now I feel confident!,” Edland, from Nannestad just north of Oslo, told reporters after a rough last night outdoors […]

Tough morning after marathon hockey match

Fans were exhausted, players even moreso and police in the Norwegian city of Hamar had to deal with a rush of missing persons reports after the local hockey team Storhamar got caught in a marathon match against Sparta of Sarpsborg. It ended up setting a world record for its sheer length.  The match that began […]