‘Medal magic’ for Team Ingebrigtsen

His girlfriend probably said it best, after 17-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen crossed the finish line first again Saturday night, this time followed by his older brother Henrik: “It was magic.” The two Norwegian brothers made history by winning both the gold and silver medals in the tough men’s 5,000 meter race at the European Championships in […]

Youngest Ingebrigtsen wins Euro gold

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, at an age of 17, ran away with the gold medal in the men’s 1,500-meter race at the European Championships Friday night, ahead of his older brothers Henrik and Filip. All three made history by qualifying for the final, and all were medal candidates, but Jakob stole the show. “This is just ridiculous […]

Karsten Warholm wins gold again

Norway’s “crazy” Viking athlete Karsten Warholm won another gold medal, this time at the European Championships in Berlin, when he crossed the finish line first in the men’s 400-meter hurdles race Thursday evening. After donning his customary Viking helmet, he was ready to sum up the race: “It was tough, it cost incredibly much, and […]

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 […]