Curling team settles for silver

Norway’s men’s curling team, which has won Olympic gold and dominated the sport internationally for years, had to settle for silver in the European Championships over the weekend. Norway lost the final match to Sweden, by a score of 4-5. The match went into overtime, at which point the Swedes secured the necessary extra point […]

Curlers celebrate Championship win

Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud shouts to his teammates during their men's curling round robin game against the US at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi February 10, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/NTB Scanpix

Norway’s popular curling team won gold at the World Championship finals for the first time in 26 years in Beijing on Sunday. The men’s team members, as well known for their snappy dressing as their skills on the ice, made up for their disappointing showing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this month. “We […]

Curling characters may call it quits

Norway's curling team has won international attention as much for their clown-like trousers, as their skills, and secured the silver medal at the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver. They've always stressed the need to have fun, but are now appealing for serious support after losing to opponents they claim are better financed. PHOTO: NRK screen grab

Perhaps they got too big for their britches. After winning the silver medal at the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and international fame as well, Norway’s colourful curling characters now say they may give up their sport after losing another critical match in Sochi on Tuesday. That effectively threw them out of further Olympic action. […]

Eckhoff’s bronze can boost confidence

After Norway’s biathlon queen Tora Berger fell during Monday’s competition in Sochi, 23-year-old  Tiril Eckhoff neatly stepped in to win at least a bronze medal. She was thrilled, and gave full credit to the crews who prepared and waxed her skis. “If it hadn’t been for them, I wouldn’t have won,” Eckhoff told state broadcaster […]

Disappointing Friday for Norway

Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud shouts to his teammates during their men's curling round robin game against the US at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi February 10, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/NTB Scanpix

Norway’s winter athletes failed to impress at the Sochi Olympics on Friday, missing out on medals in the men’s super combined skiing, women’s individual biathlon and men’s classic cross-country events. Norway fared no better in the team sports, with the men’s curling team going down to both Canada and China and the men’s ice hockey […]

Polish depose Norway ski queen

Poland's gold medal winner Justyna Kowalczyk (right) reacts after soundly beating Norway's Marit Bjørgen, who collapsed onto the snow, in the women's 10K classical-style cross-country race on Thursday at the 2014 Winter Olympics. PHOTO: AP/Matthias Schrader/NTB Scanpix

In a the midst of a disappointing day for Norway, Polish cross country skier Justyna Kowalczyk decisively ended the reign of Norwegian champion Marit Bjørgen in the 10 kilometer classic at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday. An injured Kowalczyk snatched the gold and Norway’s Therese Johaug was thrilled with bronze, but favourite Bjørgen described her […]

Psychologist helps men’s curling team

Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud shouts to his teammates during their men's curling round robin game against the US at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi February 10, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/NTB Scanpix

UPDATED: Norway’s fancily clad men’s curling team, off to a brilliant start at the Olympics in Sochi after two victories in as many days, has received as much international fame for their colourful trousers as for their expertise in their sport. Now they feel the pressure on them is so high that they have a […]

Switzerland beat ‘curling clowns’

The winning streak enjoyed by Norway’s national curling team last week came to an abrupt end on Saturday, when the guys known as the “curling clowns” because of their colourful trousers lost the final match of the European Championships. They were beaten by Switzerland by a score of 8-6. Skip Thomas Ulsrud was the first […]

Norway’s curling stars continue to dominate

Thomas Ulsrud and his curling teammates are known for their expertise and colourful trousers. PHOTO: Norges Curlingforbund

The Norwegian men’s curling team was back on the ice in their fancy pants and dominating competition at the European Championships in Stavanger this week. After winning Olympic silver in Vancouver, they’re now hot prospects for gold in Sotchi this winter. Skip Thomas Ulsrud and his team were said to be “in a class of […]

Curling clowns settle for silver

Norway's curling team has won international attention as much for their clown-like trousers, as their skills, and secured the silver medal at the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver. They've always stressed the need to have fun, but are now appealing for serious support after losing to opponents they claim are better financed. PHOTO: NRK screen grab

Norway’s playful men’s curling team lost its coveted gold medal to Canada on Saturday, but skip Thomas Ulsrud tried to keep smiling. He said all along that his team mostly wanted to have fun in Vancouver, and their clown-like trousers were the hit of the Olympics. Their game was good, too, but not as good as […]