Curling couple wins a medal after all

Norway was set to claim another medal at the Winter Olympics on Thursday, after the Russian winners of a bronze in curling lost it because of a doping violation. Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten were on their way back to South Korea to receive the bronze instead. The Norwegian couple had traveled home after initially […]

Curling uncurled at Olympics

For the first time in years, their fancy pants didn’t help much. Norway’s men’s curling team lost a critical match at the Winter Olympics in South Korea that knocked them out of the race for more medals. “I’m disappointed, because I’d hoped we would fight for medals and be part of the finals,” Norway’s skip […]

Curling duo wins before OL starts

A Norwegian curling pair beat their Canadian gold-medal rivals at an Olympic preliminary even before the Winter Games in Pyeonchang officially open on Friday. The victory came despite, or perhaps because of, some quarreling between the two, Magnus Nedregotten and Kristin Skaslien.  “I said she had to sharpen up and smile a bit,” Nedregotten, age […]

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 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

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 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

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

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 […]