Students were behind Northug’s stunt

A group of three students at Norway’s prestigious business school Norges Handelshøyskole (NHH) created the altered photos of national ski team officials that disgruntled skier Petter Northug posted on social media to mock them. Now they’re unhappy that their stunt is causing more problems for Northug, who’s reportedly “far down in the dumps” after the officials […]

Avaldsnes celebrates Cup victory

Teammates and fans of the Avaldsnes women’s football club were still savouring their victory in Norway’s national cup final over the weekend. Their 1-0 win over Vålerenga of Oslo marked the first time they’d ever won a major trophy. And what a trophy it was, as the women were cheered after the match at the […]

Irritated Northug in trouble again

Norwegian skiing star Petter Northug is upset and disappointed that he wasn’t chosen by Norway’s national ski team officials to compete at the World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland this weekend. He responded by mocking the ski team’s leaders on social media Monday night, and now the national ski federation is reportedly considering disciplinary action […]

Athletes react to wining and dining

Large dinner and bar bills submitted by some of Norway’s top sports bureaucrats have sparked criticism, also from the top Norwegian athletes they lead. “I hope we don’t see more of this in the future,” said downhill racer Kjetil Jansrud. Expense accounts were finally released in more detail this week for those who run Norwegian […]

New Olympic bid called ‘tragicomic’

UPDATED: Heads were shaking in Norway after state broadcaster NRK reported how officials in the inland county of Telemark were planning to mount a new bid to host a Winter Olympics, preferably in 2026. Jacob Lund, who headed sponsorships for Norway’s largest bank for more than 20 years, was among those dismissing the effort, while […]

Tears ran after women lost to the Netherlands

After wanting so badly to win a World Cup qualifier against the mighty Netherlands, some of Norway’s top women football players left the field Tuesday night in tears. Captain Maren Mjelde didn’t manage to score on a penalty kick and then rival Vivianne Miedema scored, leaving the Netherlands with a 1-0 victory in overtime. Disappointment […]

Boxer Brækhus wins again

Norway’s world champion boxer Cecilia Brækhus won yet another match over the weekend, beating Mikaela Lauren of Sweden in what was judged as a technical knock-out. It was Brækhus’ 32nd professional victory when she defended her title during the Oslofjord Fight Night. Commentators claimed Lauren, age 41, didn’t have a chance against Brækhus, age 36. […]

Crown prince ‘gone surfing…’

…and not in the USA, but in Norway. After performing lots of official and formal duties this week, Crown Prince Haakon could finally declare “surf’s up!,” and head for the European championships in surfing off the coast south of Stavanger. It was, after all, still “official” business, since Crown Prince Haakon was overseeing Eurosurf 2017 on the […]

‘Hegerberg effect’ boosted women’s pay

It wasn’t sheer generosity that prompted players on the Norwegian men’s football team to turn over some of their pay to players on the women’s national team last week. The head of the organization representing them also credits outspoken star player Ada Hegerberg, who got so frustrated at how the women’s squad was managed that […]

New coach raises football hopes

The new Swedish coach of the Norwegian men’s national football team could end an otherwise disappointing round of World Cup qualifiers on an upbeat note Sunday night. Norway’s surprising 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland raised hopes for the future under Lars Lagerbäck. “We had to play well to beat them, and we did,” Lagerbäck told […]