Usain Bolt failed to impress

Famed runner Usain Bolt has finished his week-long training session with the Norwegian football club Strømsgodset in Drammen but no one was predicting he’d have much success as a professional football player. Bolt was frustrated. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that Bolt was only given 20 minutes to play for the club against Norway’s national U19 team […]

Warholm beaten, Ingebrigtsen wins

Norway’s World Champion runner Karsten Warholm is having a tough start to this year’s track and field season. He lost another race in the 400-meter hurdle for the third time in a row over the weekend, while 17-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen won a 1,500-meter race but had no chance to celebrate. The track and field action […]

Future uncertain for historic stadium

None of their Norwegian athletic heroes won Thursday night, but local sports fans nontheless filled Oslo’s iconic Bislett Stadium for the annual Diamond League event known as Bislett Games. Now its future is in doubt, because of a lengthy construction project needed to expand Oslo’s metro system right under the stadium. Around 15,000 spectators clapped and […]

Ski jump’s costs soar, bailout sought

Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump is called a “national facility,” but it’s long been a drain on the city’s finances. Now Oslo officials are reviving efforts to secure more state funding to help bail them out of Holmenkollen’s costs, which they feel are claiming far too much of the capital’s overall sports budget. Newspaper Aftenposten reported […]

Sports bosses paid millions for PR

The men who’ve recently been running Norway’s national athletics federation paid out nearly NOK 5 million in just a few months to drum up public support for their unpopular efforts to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Oslo. Two of the sports leaders have either quit or resigned under pressure. Their willingness to spend the […]

Marathon man fastest in Europe

Norwegians were winning lots of World Cup ski races on two continents during the weekend, but they pale in comparison to the victory scored by marathon runner Sondre Nordstad Moen in Japan. Moen won the Fukuoka Open International Marathon, and became the fastest European in history. Moen ran the 26-mile course in just two hours, […]

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 sports stars get heroes’ welcome

Norway’s gold- and bronze-medal winners at the track and field World Championships in London both got heroes’ welcomes when they landed at airports back in Oslo and Stavanger. Gold-medalist Karsten Warholm, meanwhile, is also facing some golden fortunes ahead, with millions in sponsorship deals predicted to pour in. The young man from the small town of Ulsteinvik […]

Ingebrigtsen wins bronze in London

“I’m actually a bit disappointed,” claimed 24-year-old Norwegian runner Filip Ingebrigtsen after he won a bronze meal Sunday night in the men’s 1500-meter race at the World Championships in London. He thought he was “at the same level” as the gold and silver winners from Kenya, but his tough family of runners headed by their father and […]

Warholm crowned his battle for gold

Karsten Warholm, a 21-year-old comet from the coastal town of Ulsteinvik, made Norwegian history Wednesday night when he won a gold medal at the track and field World Championships in London. Warholm beat the reigning Olympic champion in front of 60,000 cheering fans including his mother. Warholm celebrated by wandering around the track in pouring rain, adorned […]