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 […]

‘Kollen’ shame hurts Olympic hopes

Norway’s biggest annual winter sports weekend ended with Norwegians winning most everything, but leaving them stunned and shamed by drunk- and disorderly conduct among spectators. Athletes’ hopes of another Winter Olympics (OL) in Norway were quickly put on ice, at least temporarily. The chaos that spoiled the Holmenkollen Ski Festival on Saturday was not reflected in […]

Men disappointed in OL’s last days

While Norwegian sports fans were cheering their athletes’ record medal haul at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, not everyone performed up to expectations. Among them were skiers on the mens’ teams, including stars like Martin Johnsrud Sundby. He needed some time to himself after failing to win any medals in the men’s tough 50-kilometer […]

Olympic glory may prod ‘OL’ in Norway

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegians were getting back to work on Monday after a Winter Olympics that surpassed even their high expectations. Skier Marit Bjørgen’s own historic gold rush and Norwegian athletes’ total haul of 39 medals put Norway at the top of winter sports once again, and raised questions about whether the country might arrange another […]

Klæbo headed home from a ‘golden OL’

Norway’s new wonderboy in skiing, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, was heading home before the Winter Olympics end this weekend. The 21-year-old sensation on skis decided not to race in the men’s tough 50-kilometer race on Saturday, admitting that his three Olympic gold medals had drained him of energy. “After I recovered from the race yesterday (the […]

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 […]

Norway wins gold in speed skating

“Thank you Sverre Lunde Pedersen! Thank you Håvard Bøkko! Thank you Simen Spieler Nilsen!” shrieked speed skating commentator Carl Andreas Wold after Norway’s men’s speed skating team won the Men’s Team Pursuit at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday. Not only that: They set a new Olympic record in the semi-final that knocked out the reigning […]

More OL thrills, even in bronze

Norwegian ski queen Marit Bjørgen made history yet again on Wednesday by claiming more medals than any Winter Olympian has before. Her latest was “only” bronze, after a thrilling sprint won by the US, but Norwegian men won gold and downhill racer Ragnhild Mowinckel won silver. Skiers Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall won the US […]

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 […]

Even more gold for skater, ski jumpers

Norway won its first-ever Olympic gold medal in team ski jumping on Monday, and its first gold in the 500-meter speed skating event in 70 years. The victories added to the country’s already impressive haul at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, after having claimed 28 medals as of Monday evening, ahead of Germany with […]