Competitors clap for Klæbo

Norway’s new ski hero Johannes Høsflot Klæbo remained undefeated after he won his sixth World Cup race in a row in Davos last weekend. Some Norwegian women skiers also struck back with victories of their own, but Klæbo continued to astound everyone including rivals who applauded his success. Frederico Pellegrino of the Italian men’s ski […]

Northug forced to drop training

UPDATED: “This is a crisis for Petter Northug,” exclaimed former long-distance skier and NRK commentator Fredrik Aukland after Norway’s former cross-country skiing star did so poorly in the weekend’s World Cup prologue events in Lillehammer that he dropped out and went home. On Monday, leaders of the men’s national ski team dropped Northug off the […]

Svindal ‘stunned’ skiing world again

Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway’s top downhill racer in recent years, made himself historic again during the weekend when he all but flew down a mountainside in Colorado to claim his fourth victory at the men’s World Cup downhill race in Beaver Creek. “What a demonstration of power,” exclaimed Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)’s alpine skiing commentator Marius […]

Northug flops in opening race

Norwegian skier Petter Northug, who’s been in the news all week because of a new conflict with Norway’s national ski federation (Norges Skiforbund), didn’t make the debut expected of him when he raced for the first time this season at a national event at Gålå. He finished 17th, while one of his fellow Norwegians excelled […]

Students were behind Northug’s stunt

A group of three students at Norway’s prestigious business school Norges Handelshøyskole (NHH) created the altered photos of national ski team officials that disgruntled skier Petter Northug posted on social media to mock them. Now they’re unhappy that their stunt is causing more problems for Northug, who’s reportedly “far down in the dumps” after the officials […]

Irritated Northug in trouble again

Norwegian skiing star Petter Northug is upset and disappointed that he wasn’t chosen by Norway’s national ski team officials to compete at the World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland this weekend. He responded by mocking the ski team’s leaders on social media Monday night, and now the national ski federation is reportedly considering disciplinary action […]

New Olympic bid called ‘tragicomic’

UPDATED: Heads were shaking in Norway after state broadcaster NRK reported how officials in the inland county of Telemark were planning to mount a new bid to host a Winter Olympics, preferably in 2026. Jacob Lund, who headed sponsorships for Norway’s largest bank for more than 20 years, was among those dismissing the effort, while […]

Johaug drops doping appeal

As the shock subsides over Therese Johaug’s 18-month suspension from the sport she loves, the skiing star herself has decided not to appeal her doping verdict to Switzerland’s Supreme Court. She’s now training for an expected comeback when her suspension ends on April 17, 2018. “There was an extremely small chance the case would be taken up […]

Johaug: ‘I am completely crushed’

She’s been the darling of Norwegian cross-country skiing fans, known for all her victories in international competition, for screaming and laughing with joy after crossing the finish line first, and for even throwing herself into the open arms of King Harald V. On Tuesday Therese Johaug told Norwegian reporters she was “completely crushed” after an international […]

Johaug barred from upcoming season

Champion Norwegian skier Therese Johaug’s use of a lip cream that she didn’t realize contained a steroid has ended up ruining not only the last ski season for her, but the upcoming one as well. A tough 18-month ban on competition handed down Tuesday means she won’t be allowed to compete in either the Winter Olympics or […]