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 […]

Ski jumper could finally jump for joy

Maren Lundby, from the small town of Kolbu in Norway’s rural district of Toten, made her debut on the national women’s ski-jumpng team when she was 13 years old. Ten years and lots of downturns later she finally achieved her goal: A gold medal in the Winter Olympics. “It’s been the great goal and 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 […]

Experts predict an Olympic gold rush

Norwegian skiing experts are perhaps overly optimistic, but they’re predicting that Norway’s winter sports athletes will win no less than 50 medals at the Olympics getting underway in PyeongChang, South Korea. At least 20 will be gold, according to the experts and former champions polled by state broadcaster NRK. Norway has dominated winter sports competition […]

King Harald hails ski jumpers

They flew through the air with what seemed like the greatest of ease, and landed in first place with gold medals both for Norway’s ski jumping team and for Daniel-André Tande. He took his first individual World Championship in ski flying at Oberstdorf on Saturday, and shed a few tears of joy. The ski-flying team, […]

Skiers and jumpers had a big week

Norwegian skier Heidi Weng won her second Tour de Ski in a row on Sunday, after a tough week of races that left two other Norwegians placing second in both the men’s and women’s competition. Now Weng just needs to concentrate on staying healthy for races in the upcoming Winter Olympics. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg had […]

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 […]

Ski-jumper winds up third, slalom star first

A problem with a ski binding robbed Norway’s new ski-jumping star Daniel André Tande from winning the overall Four Hills (Hoppuka) tournament this week, but he did wind up on the winners’ podium anyway. Slalom star Henrik Kristoffersen, meanwhile, wowed the crowds in Adelboden with a solid first place. Kristoffersen won the 13th World Cup race […]

New ski jumping star wins again

Daniel-André Tande made another sensational ski jump at the Four Hills competition going on in the alps this week, and now leads the entire tournament. Tande, a 22-year-old from modest means in Kongsberg, has become Norway’s new national ski jumping star almost overnight. Tande was even joined on the winners’ podium by another Norwegian, Robert Johansson, […]

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 […]