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. The 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 […]

Ski resort to demand use of helmets

The Hovden Alpinsenter ski resort in the mountains of Southern Norway is set to become the first in the country to require use of helmets on its downhill slopes. Insurance companies are rejoicing and hope other alpine resport make helmets mandatory, too. “We’re doing this because we see that helmets are very important as a […]

Trail conflicts can mar winter holidays

It’s winter holiday time for tens of thousands of Norwegians, with many schools closed this week or next. Winter sports fun can be marred, however, by one of those “only in Norway” sorts of conflicts: Do cross-country skiers have special rights to trails that are carefully groomed with ski tracks? Or can non-skiers set out […]

Expansion looms for former Olympic ski resorts 

Investors have big plans for the two Norwegian ski resorts Hafjell and Kvitfjell. The new owners claim it will represent the biggest investment since both were first developed for the Olympics at Lillehammer in 1994. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that state-owned Investinor sold its 49 percent stake in Alpinco, the company that owns and […]

Super Sunday, and the world notices

It was a wonderful weekend for Norway at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, with more medals that catapulted Norwegian athletes into the top spot with another week of competition ahead. Sports fans back home were also enjoying some international recognition, after major media outlets declared Norway as dominant. “Olympics Buzz: Norway’s dominance in winter […]

Norway’s greatest Olympic day ever

Medals all but rained down on Norwegian athletes at the Winter Olympics on Thursday. February 15, 2018 will go down as a big day in the country’s sports history. More were streaming in on Friday, too. Aksel Lund Svindal wasn’t the only one to set off screaming by Norwegian commentators. His gold medal in the […]

Double victory for downhill racers

Sports commentators were screaming on Norwegian radio early Thursday morning after two of Norway’s alpine skiing stars swept to victory in the men’s downhill at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Aksel Lund Svindal’s gold medal made history again, while Kjetil Jansrud was delighted with his silver. Svindal never fails to impress, not only with […]

First women’s alpine medal in 82 years

Ragnhild Mowinckel skied her way into history in the Ladies Giant Slalom at the Winter Olympics. Norwegians woke up Thursday morning to their first Olympic medal in women’s alpine skiing since Laila Schou Nilsen won bronze in 1936. “Did this really happen?” Mowinckel asked Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) after she won silver. NRK could assure the […]

No Olympic Village for Norway’s skiers

South Korean officials built a modern yet traditional Olympic Village to house athletes competing in the Winter Olympics but Norwegian skiers and biathlon athletes aren’t staying there. They have their own exclusive accommodation aimed at helping them win medals, and their haul increased on Tuesday. Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, the 21-year-old Norwegian sensation who took 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 […]