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 […]

Northug dumped from World Cup final

Petter Northug, Norway’s former skiing star who’s been attempting another comeback after lots of trouble a few years ago, has been summarily dumped from the Norwegian men’s team who’ll take part in the final events of the World Cup season in Quebec, Canada this weekend. Experts were surprised that Northug, who’s been on the rebound in […]

Bjørgen, Sundby beat everyone again

She did it again: Norwegian ski queen Marit Bjørgen outclassed all her competition in the World Cup 30-kilometer race at Holmenkollen in Oslo on Sunday. She also managed to decide the race not long after it began, and match fellow Norwegian Martin Johnsrud Sundby’s victory on Saturday. It only took Bjørgen around five minutes into the […]

Clouds hang over Norwegian skiing

As thousands of sports fans trooped up to Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump area for this weekend’s annual ski festival and World Cup events, clouds were hanging over Norwegian skiers despite all their medals and Friday’s bright blue skies. Their managers have been criticized while their teammate Therese Johaug faces another tough round of defending herself against doping charges, yet […]

FIS not satisfied with skier’s suspension

The international skiing federation FIS has decided to appeal the 13-month suspension of Norwegian skier Therese Johaug for her use of a lip cream to treat painful lip sores. She has claimed she was unaware the cream contained a steroid for which she tested positive last summer. The FIS board is clearly not satisfied, however, with the […]