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 […]

Athletics leaders reveal big spending

After months of pressure, Norway’s national athletics federation has finally turned over its expense accounts for both the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia and the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer last year. Both revealed some lavish spending on luxury hotels, meals and alcoholic beverages, and now the federation has chosen a new leader to replace the one who […]

Warholm wins sports star status

UPDATED: Karsten Warholm has suddenly emerged as Norway’s great new hope in track and field events, overshadowing even the Ingebrigtsen brothers on home turf at Thursday night’s Bislett Games in Oslo. Warholm’s victory in the 400-meter hurdles caught lots of attentionm and then he beat everyone again at another Diamond League competition in Stockholm over […]

Top sports official forced to resign

Years of conflicts in his job as secretary general of Norway’s national athletics federation (Norges Idrettsforbund, NIF) finally caught up with Inge Andersen on Monday. The board of NIF asked him to resign after a recent flurry of marathon meetings, but he’ll leave with NOK 2 million in severance pay. That’s controversial in Norway, a country where […]