Too much partying spoiled ski finale

Skiers, biathlon stars and ski jumpers were all wrapping up their sports seasons over the weekend, and in a couple of cases, the celebrations got out of hand. Police had to halt a biathlon party at Oslo’s legendary Holmenkollen Park Hotel, while a former ski jumping star lost his driver’s license after too many drinks the night […]

Highs and lows for biathlon stars

UPDATED: It’s been a dramatic World Championships for Norway’s star biathlon skiers this week in Hochfilzen, Austria. Ole Einar Bjørndalen went from the proverbial thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, the women’s team logged its worst performance ever and Emil Hegle Svendsen, who collapsed after a race last weekend, ended up 27th in the men’s […]

Championships ended on golden note

The roar from the crowd at Holmenkollen in the hills above Oslo could be heard all the way down to the city on Sunday, when Johannes Thingnes Bø won the final event of the Biathlon World Championships. Bø’s new gold medal capped a wonderful weekend for the Norwegians, and for the French as well. Both the […]

Men also mined champions’ gold

The king, the prime minister and tens of thousands of cheering, flag-waving fans were on hand to congratulate the Norwegian men’s relay team when they won the gold medal at the Biathlon World Championships in Oslo on Saturday. Victory was especially sweet for Norway’s legendary athlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who won his 43rd championship medal […]

Norway wins gold at Holmenkollen

The crowd roared and the jubilant skiers were screaming themselves. The four women making up Norway’s relay team at the Biathlon World Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo shot and skied their way to victory on Friday afternoon, before stands packed with thousands of hometown supporters. “I skied for my life!” exclaimed Marte Olsbu, anchor woman of […]

Norwegian biathlon stars seek return to podium

None of Norway’s biathlon athletes earned a spot on the winners’ podium after events at the Biathlon World Championships resumed at Holmenkollen in Oslo on Wednesday. French skiers and shooters grabbed the two top spots, while the Norwegian men faced a new chance on Thursday. Wednesday’s event involved a 15-kilometer race for women with four pauses […]

Biathlon world bows to Bjørndalen

Ole Einar Bjørndalen impressed and inspired not just his fans and fellow athletes at the Biathlon World Championships in Oslo over the weekend, but also those with any doubt about accomplishments after age 40. At 42, Bjørndalen won his 42nd World Champiopnship medal in hard competition, and the accolades came pouring in. He’s a living legend and […]

‘Sorry, Norway,’ after ‘only’ winning biathlon bronze

It finally stopped snowing, the fog lifted and the first event of the Biathlon World Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo could begin as scheduled Thursday afternoon. Thousands of local fans were cheering for a gold medal, but when it was all over, that went to the French, not the Norwegians. “Sorry, Norway,” a rueful Norwegian […]

‘Biathlon Park’ moves into Oslo

Oslo was geared up on Wednesday to welcome thousands of skiing fans and athletes for the third major winter sports event to be hosted in Norway in the past month. The Biathlon World Championships will run for the next week and a half, with events up in the hills at Holmenkollen and celebrations downtown. The latter was getting […]

New winter storm can cause problems

After a solid week with clear blue skies and sunshine, residents of southern Norway were being told to brace for more snow, rain and storms. The bad weather threatened to especially cause problems for organizers, athletes and more than 100,000 sports fans attending the Biathlon World Championships that start Wednesday at Holmenkollen in Oslo. Fog […]