Dutch welcomed Norway’s ‘wonderboy’

Martin Ødegaard, Norway’s 18-year-old football “wonderboy,” enjoyed a warm welcome last weekend when he made his debut for the Dutch team Heerenveen. He’s hoping to get more playing time at the next match. “It was good to debut and great to start off with a victory,” Ødegaard told news bureau NTB after Heerenveen had beaten […]

Men’s handball team on a roll

Norway’s women’s handball team often gets more coverage, but the men are grabbing headlines this week, too, after beating Brazil in the World Championships. On Thursday evening they faced Japan before aiming for the quarter finals next week. Norway won earlier this week with a score of 39-26 over Brazil. Commentators claimed the Norwegians out-classed the […]

Skier Svindal out for the season

Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway’s downhill skiing champion, decided to undergo another operation on Tuesday, this time on a troublesome knee. It means Svindal is out for the season, but he hopes to be back in action next season. “Here we go again,” wrote Svindal himself on social media, along with posting a photo from his […]

Slalom star rivals Stenmark’s status

Young Norwegian skier Henrik Kristoffersen won his fourth World Cup race of the season over the weekend and now stands with 13 victories in slalom. Only Sweden’s legendary skier Ingemar Stenmark had more victories when he was the same age as Kristoffersen. “It’s an honor to be compared to the greatest throughout time, like Stenmark,” […]

Ski-jumper winds up third, slalom star first

A problem with a ski binding robbed Norway’s new ski-jumping star Daniel André Tande from winning the overall Four Hills (Hoppuka) tournament this week, but he did wind up on the winners’ podium anyway. Slalom star Henrik Kristoffersen, meanwhile, wowed the crowds in Adelboden with a solid first place. Kristoffersen won the 13th World Cup race […]

Weng savours Tour de Ski victory

This year it was finally Norwegian skier Heidi Weng’s turn to win the gruelling Tour de Ski tournament that’s been running around the alps for the past week. Long dominated by absent teammates Therese Johaug and Marit Bjørgan, Weng worked hard to follow in their tracks and prevailed in the end. Weng herself gave the most credit […]

New ski jumping star wins again

Daniel-André Tande made another sensational ski jump at the Four Hills competition going on in the alps this week, and now leads the entire tournament. Tande, a 22-year-old from modest means in Kongsberg, has become Norway’s new national ski jumping star almost overnight. Tande was even joined on the winners’ podium by another Norwegian, Robert Johansson, […]

Swede and Russian take over Tour de Ski lead

UPDATED: Norway’s Ingrid Flugstad Østberg had been leading the women’s portion of the annual skiing endurance contest known as Tour de Ski in the Alps, until she had a problem with her ski pole on Tuesday. Stina Nilsson of Sweden seized the opportunity to surge forward and won her career’s first long-distance race. Russian skier Sergey […]

The many moods of Magnus Carlsen

PHOTO FEATURE: Much is made of Norwegian chess star Magnus Carlsen’s moods before, during and after major tournaments. It can change as quickly as the action in blitz chess, and sometimes fuel criticism that he can be a bad loser. A series of photos taken by Maria Emilianova at this past week’s FIDE World Chess […]

Carlsen created more suspense

Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen was back in the headlines during the Christmas holiday week, less than a month after winning his third World Chess Championship in New York. Now he was battling to defend and regain championship titles in rapid- and blitz chess in Qatar as well, and he got off to a rocky start that’s keeping spectators in […]