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 […]

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 […]

Norway’s greatest Olympic day ever

Medals all but rained down on Norwegian athletes at the Winter Olympics on Thursday. February 15, 2018 will go down as a big day in the country’s sports history. More were streaming in on Friday, too. Aksel Lund Svindal wasn’t the only one to set off screaming by Norwegian commentators. His gold medal in the […]

Medal rush begins, with some irritation

Norwegians grabbed all three spots on the podium for winners of a tough 30-kilometer race at the Winter Olympics in South Korea on Sunday. The clean sweep left Norway leading the medals’ race after just two days of competition, while TV viewers back home were furious when one of the medal winners’ performance was ruined […]

Biathlon stars had chaotic trip to Olympics

Norway’s winter sports athletes have been traveling to South Korea during the past week, especially those who’ll be competing right after the Winter Olympics open in Pyeonchang on Friday. The trips didn’t all go smoothly. The Norwegian women’s biathlon team, which has several medal candidates including Tiril Eckhoff favoured for a gold, seemed to have […]

No Olympic ‘wildcard’ for Bjørndalen

UPDATED: At an age of 43, Norway’s biathlon star Ole Einar Bjørndalen wanted, and was convinced he could still win, more medals at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea. Norwegian coaches didn’t agree and cut him from the country’s national team for the first time in 24 years. Slim hopes for a wildcard (free spot) […]

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 […]