Rowing is part of patriotic tradition

HAUGESUND: 17th of May celebrations can include some unique local traditions around Norway. In the West Coast city of Haugesund, not far from the historic Viking settlement at Avaldnes on Karmøy, rowing is a big part of the program. “Competitive rowing on Smedasundet (the sound through Haugesund’s downtown area) is Haugesund’s oldest tradition,” proclaims the […]

Losing streak plagues Norway’s national hockey team

Norway has been putting on a weak performance at the world championships in Denmark, failing to score a single goal in its first three matches against Finland, Canada and Denmark. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported Saturday that the national team has been dubbed “Sportsklubben 0-15,” a reference to its 0-7 loss to Finland, its 0-5 loss to […]

Boos disputed Brækhus’ victory

Norway’s boxing queen Cecilia Brækhus had to admit that she nearly met her match during her first professional fight in the US over the weekend. It was the first time Brækhus went down for the count, after a solid punch from her opponent Kali Reis, only to get back up and be declared the winner […]

Dog-sledding hits new highs

Norway had a long winter with lots of snow that attracted tourists from far and wide, and many apparently wanted to go dog-sledding. After a record-breaking season, it seems a majority of visitors want dogs to carry them over the tundra. “We’ve had the best winter season ever,” Ida Nilseng of Husky Tours at Sjusjøen […]

Northug can’t afford more trouble

Norway’s bad boy of skiing, Petter Northug, has been duly warned: His return this week to the national ski team must not be jeopardized either by bad behaviour or spending too much time training at high altitude. “There’s no doubt he drove himself hard at high altitudes,” Northug’s new coach, Arild Monsen, told state broadcaster […]

Bad weather spoils season’s last race

Norway’s traditional last ski race of the season this weekend, a mountain classic known as Skarverennet, was supposed to have been an eagerly anticipated battle of the superstars and a grand finale for Marit Bjørgen. Strong winds and poor visibility ended up cancelling it, also for the 12,200 others who had signed up to take […]

Biathlon bosses under investigation

UPDATED: Police in both Norway and Austria have taken aim at the top international leaders of biathlon, the sport that combines skiing and shooting. Both the Norwegian president of the International Biathlon Union (IBU), who denies doing anything wrong, and the IBU’s secretary general in Austria are under investigation for alleged economic crimes and concealing […]

Skiing star Bjørgen goes out on top

UPDATED: Marit Bjørgen, who just became the most-winning Winter Olympian of all time, has decided to retire from professional cross-country skiing while she’s still the world’s reigning ski queen. She’ll ski her last race on Saturday in the Norwegian championships now underway in Alta. She was smiling and joked with reporters before another race on […]

Biathlon legend reluctantly retires

After standing on the winners’ platform 256 times in the course of his 24-year-long sports career, Ole Einar Bjørndalen has reluctantly decided to retire after a disappointing winter that was plagued by heart trouble. Norway’s legendary biathlon skiing star was nearly overcome by emotion as he announced on Tuesday that this past season was his […]

Northug breaks a record, stays mum

Finally some good news for Norway’s former skiing sensation Petter Northug: He’s won two Norwegian ski races in recent days including  Sandfjellrennet for the third time on Wednesday. He also broke Sandfjellrennet’s finishing time, but was tight-lipped about his plans for next season as questions rise around his sponsors. Northug beat national team member Didrik […]