‘Rotten’ Kristoff takes another win

Alexander Kristoff celebrates after winning his second Tour de France stage, despite feeling "rotten" for most of the race. PHOTO: facebook.com/pages/Alexander-Kristoff

Norwegian cyclist Alexander Kristoff felt so bad on Sunday’s Tour de France stage 15, he almost asked his team mates to stop riding for him. He managed to stay with the peloton which, in a thrilling finish, caught up with breakaway riders Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger 50 meters ahead of the finish, before Kristoff […]

Kristoff’s stage 12 ‘Le Tour’ triumph

PHOTO: Team Katusha

At the start of the week, Alexander Kristoff was so sick from a stomach complaint he almost dropped out of the Tour de France. On Thursday, the only Norwegian cyclist in the 2014 competition surged back to a stunning victory in stage 12 from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne. Kristoff held off the field on the 185.5 […]

Alta salmon river lures the wealthy

The Alta river offers fabled fabled salmon fishing for enthusiasts willing to spend a small fortune for the thrill of it. PHOTO: Wikipedia

The sheer number of expensive private jets parked at the airport in the relatively small northern Norwegian town of Alta is a good indication that Norway’s wild salmon season is in full swing. The shores of the nearby Alta River provide favorite fishing grounds for the rich and powerful. Royalty, chief executives, rock stars and wealthy […]

Victory in Deila’s Celtic debut

Ronny Deila’s first official match as Scottish club Celtic’s coach ended in a nail-biting victory on Tuesday. Another debutant, Callum McGregor scored in the final five minutes against KR Reykjavik to clinch the win in the team’s second Champions League qualifying round. Celtic was the favourite going into the match in Iceland, reported Norwegian Broadcasting […]

Football clubs’ staggering losses

Many Norwegian football clubs including Oslo's biggest, Vålerenga, have had little to celebrate in recent years. Serious financial mismanagement has left the top two divisions in a state of economic crisis. PHOTO: Vålerenga Fotball

The financial crisis engulfing Norwegian top-flight football clubs has continued to worsen, with clubs losing NOK 460 million (USD 74.3 million) over the last six years. Failed sponsorship deals, expensive player contracts, declining public interest, board decisions based on emotion and a reliance on bail-outs have all been blamed for the financial woes. Figures from the […]

Kristoff battles on in Tour de France


Norwegian cyclist Alexander Kristoff announced on Monday night he would not be dropping out of the Tour de France as feared. Kristoff has been plagued by stomach problems throughout the event, but said his form had improved during Monday’s mountain stage. Kristoff rode Sunday’s 70 kilometre stage with severe stomach pain, and it was feared […]

World Cup finals fever hit Norway

Around 1.46 million Norwegians watched Sunday night’s FIFA World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, making it the most-watched football final since 1.5 million Norwegians saw Italy take on France in the 2000 European Championship final. While Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) and TV2 were thrilled with the audience numbers, legendary Norwegian coach Nils Arne Eggen said […]

Pettersen’s best British Open


Norwegian golfer Suzann “Tutta” Pettersen narrowly missed out on her first British Open golfing title on Sunday, beaten by just one stroke by surprise winner American Mo Martin. Her equal second place with China’s Feng Shanshan was still Pettersen’s best finish in the prestigious event, and took her total career prize winnings to over USD […]

Mountains draw like never before

Hiking in the mountains and staying at DNT cabins like here at Snøheim is more popular than ever. PHOTO; Helle Andresen / Den Norske Turistforening

Norway’s mountain trekking association DNT (Den Norske Turistforeningen) is heading for another record summer in terms of overnight visitors registered at its lodges and cabins around the country. Visits in June alone were up 10 percent over June of last year, and that set a record, too. DNT logged 4,280 overnight stays in June just at […]

Vålerenga bailed out again, ties score with Rosenborg

UPDATED: Troubled Oslo football club Vålerenga has received another NOK 5 million from one of its “rich uncles,” investor and businessman Tor Olav Trøim, but it may be the last time he’s willing to bail the club out. State broadcaster NRK reported Trøim has grown weary of covering economic losses at the club, which got […]