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 […]

Skiers get to test experts’ tracks

A lack of snow in the hills and forests above Oslo hasn’t allowed organizers to prepare the traditional trails for this weekend’s long, popular ski race known as Holmenkollmarsjen. As a consolation, skiers will instead be able to race over the professionals’ course up at Holmenkollen itself. Only 500 of those registered have opted to sit out this […]

Johaug left rivals in the fog

Skiing star Therese Johaug put on another show of strength and skill on Sunday, and continued the Norwegians’ winning streak this season. Her smashing victory in the women’s 30-kilometer race at Holmenkollen in Oslo will go down in the record books as the most decisive since the race was launched in 1993. Johaug, a 27-year-old […]

Sundby now writes ski history himself

Norwegian skiing ace Martin Johnsrud Sundby wrote an essay on the history of skiing 21 years ago, when he was in the fifth grade. Now he’s making history himself as one of the greatest Norwegian skiers ever, after logging yet another victory at Holmenkollen in Oslo over the weekend. “For me, skis and skiing were […]

Rain, fog, drunks plagued ‘skifest’

It was supposed to be a festive winter sports party, but this year’s Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Oslo turned into a foggy, wet and, by some accounts, even frightening experience for quite a few spectators. The thrill of two Norwegian athletes’ victories on Saturday and Sunday was dashed by the agony of those claiming later on […]

Mild winters put ski events at risk

As this weekend’s Holmenkollen Ski Festival unfolds in the hills above Oslo, it’s become increasingly clear that organizing such major winter sports events has become a risky sport in itself. A lack of snow, fluctuating temperatures and predictions of rain on Saturday and Sunday make conditions highly unpredictable, adding expense, tensions and questions over whether it’s all worthwhile. Holmenkollen […]

Ski jump took in overnight guests

Two couples, one from Norway and one from the Colorado in the US, have now checked out after they each spent a unique night at the top of Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Nearly 4,000 people in 60 countries had competed for the opportunity, according to its organizers. The ski jump’s observation platform and waiting room for jumpers […]

Polish fans ‘saved’ Holmenkollen party

Most of the cheering at the annual World Cup ski jumping competition at Holmenkollen in Oslo on Sunday came once again from enthusiastic Polish ski jumping fans, not the Norwegians. The Poles made their presence in the arena known, but even a Polish jumper wondered why Norwegian fans were so outnumbered. “I was very disappointed,” Kamil […]

Sun shines again on Holmenkollen

Organizers of this year’s annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival were counting on sunny skies, appearances by victorious skiing celebrities and some new events to boost attendance this weekend. At least the weather forecast was good. Ticket sales were also showing a solid increase over the past few years, when the public all but abandoned what used to […]

Ski jumping pioneer retires

Ski jumper Anette Sagen, one of the most pioneering athletes in Norwegian history, has announced that she’s retiring from the sport she fought long and hard to take part in. Sagen will best be remembered for helping women break into the ranks of professional ski jumping. They’re still facing snubs, with many women furious over some advertisements for […]