No more ‘X Games’ in Oslo

Oslo taxpayers won’t be paying for another winter “X Games” this year, after city politicians turned down the organizers’ funding requests. The organizers are now trying to secure funding from the state instead. Oslo provided NOK 42 million (nearly USD  6 million at the time) for last year’s X Games, which also attracted a doping controversy. The city […]

Warm Oslo Marathon drew crowds

Nearly 20,000 runners took part in various races tied to the Oslo Marathon over the weekend, with unseasonably warm weather drawing crowds of spectators as well.  The sweat ran among both participants and the crowds who turned the annual event into what the Norwegians call a folkefest (people’s party). Norwegians won both the men’s and women’s […]

Swimmer Rung wins another gold in Rio

Norwegian swimmer Sarah Louise Rung won her second gold medal at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, bringing her total stash to five medals since the games began shortly after the Olympics. While Norway’s Olympic athletes did poorly in Rio, the country’s Paralympic athletes have done much better. The 26-year-old Rung lead the pack, […]

Hockey guys savour ‘Olympic’ victory

While Norway’s national men’s football team was licking its wounds on Monday, the country’s hockey team was riding high. A victory against France at home in Oslo on Sunday secured them a spot in the next Winter Olympics, and the players sang the national anthem with their arms around each other. “This is the proudest moment […]

World Cup qualifiers off to a bad start

Some commentators on Monday were calling Norway’s national men’s football team the worst since the 1980s. There’s no question that the launch of qualifying matches for the next World Cup is off to a brutal start for Norway. First the team lost even a so-called “training match” against Belarus last week by a score of […]

Europe’s best: Ronaldo and Hegerberg

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Norway’s professional women’s football player Ada Hegerberg shared the stage with none other than Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo when both were named Europe’s best football players in Monte Carlo Thursday evening. It was a milestone for Hegerberg, and for Norway. Hegerberg isn’t anywhere the household name that Ronaldo is, but she’s definitely caught the attention and […]

New doping flap hits sports elite

It's a long way from Skedsmo to Val di Fiemme and the likes of Marit Bjørgen, shown here winning the women's 30-kilometer race over the weekend and claiming her third individual gold medal at the World Championships - but skiing remains an integral part of the Norwegian culture. PHOTO: fiemme2013.com/Newspower Canon

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway has long clung to a reputation of having top athletes free of doping scandals, but that’s now being severely challenged by controversy over skiers’ use of asthma medicine. Norwegian sports officials were facing another torrent of criticism on Friday from both inside and outside the country, while a government minister demanded a full, independent […]

Sundby’s appeal branded as ‘useless’

Experienced atheletes’ attorneys told state broadcaster NRK that it’s all but impossible for Norwegian skiing star Martin Johnsrud Sundby to try to get his doping conviction evaluated by the high court in Switzerland. Sundby is so desperate to clear his name, though, that he’s keen to try. Norwegian media was full of stories earlier this week that Sundby […]

‘Tutta’ wants a baby and Tokyo comeback

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Norwegian golfer Suzann Pettersen, nicknamed “Tutta” back home, had been among Norway’s gold medal hopes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but wound up in 10th place instead. Now she’s setting her sights on starting a family and training for a comeback at the next Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. “I won’t wait […]

‘Worst’ Olympics for Norway in 52 years

Norwegian athletes put on a mostly disappointing performance at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which ended over the weekend. PHOTO: Wikipedia

With only four medals and none of them in gold or silver, Norwegian athletes chalked up their worst Olympic performance in Rio de Janeiro since the summer games in Tokyo in 1964. Promises that Norway would do much better than it did last time in London were not fulfilled. Not even international superstars like golfer […]