Skier Svindal out for the season

Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway’s downhill skiing champion, decided to undergo another operation on Tuesday, this time on a troublesome knee. It means Svindal is out for the season, but he hopes to be back in action next season. “Here we go again,” wrote Svindal himself on social media, along with posting a photo from his […]

Slalom star rivals Stenmark’s status

Young Norwegian skier Henrik Kristoffersen won his fourth World Cup race of the season over the weekend and now stands with 13 victories in slalom. Only Sweden’s legendary skier Ingemar Stenmark had more victories when he was the same age as Kristoffersen. “It’s an honor to be compared to the greatest throughout time, like Stenmark,” […]

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 […]

Weng savours Tour de Ski victory

This year it was finally Norwegian skier Heidi Weng’s turn to win the gruelling Tour de Ski tournament that’s been running around the alps for the past week. Long dominated by absent teammates Therese Johaug and Marit Bjørgan, Weng worked hard to follow in their tracks and prevailed in the end. Weng herself gave the most credit […]

Swede and Russian take over Tour de Ski lead

UPDATED: Norway’s Ingrid Flugstad Østberg had been leading the women’s portion of the annual skiing endurance contest known as Tour de Ski in the Alps, until she had a problem with her ski pole on Tuesday. Stina Nilsson of Sweden seized the opportunity to surge forward and won her career’s first long-distance race. Russian skier Sergey […]

Northug suddenly struggles to ski

Petter Northug, once the unbeatable “bad boy” of Norwegian skiing, is having a terrible season so far. A mysterious ailment has forced him to drop out of most all World Cup races and now he won’t be skiing in the tough Tour de Ski after Christmas either. “It irritates me that I won’t be able […]

Slalom star loses in court

Norwegian slalom skier Henrik Kristoffersen lost the first round of his court battle with Norway’s national skiing federation this week. He’s fighting to be able to promote a private sponsor on his helmet, but the federation won’t let him. “Henrik is disappointed,” his father Lars Kristoffersen told state broadcaster NRK after an Oslo City Court ruled against his […]

Johaug’s suspension extended

Antidoping Norge announced Friday that they were extending the suspension of Norway’s top cross-country skier Therese Johaug by two months, until February 19, pending the outcome of a hearing on the charges against her. Johaug, meanwhile, isn’t giving up a comeback and already has a new support apparatus around her. The extension was called “routine,” […]

Norwegian women scored double victory

Even though Norwegian ski queen Marit Bjørgen dropped the weekend’s World Cup action in Davos because of a cold, and the country’s crown princess Theres Johaug is suspended on highly controversial doping charges, two other Norwegian women still managed to dominate the event’s 15-kilometer race. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg was the fastest of all the racers, skiing […]

Sundby savours second victory

He remains under scrutiny after a suspension for disputed use of an asthma medicine, but Norwegian skier Martin Johnsrud Sundby felt he really could celebrate over the weekend. It brought him another World Cup victory when he won an important 30-kilometer race in Davos,  and confirmed the comeback he’s been yearning for. “This is really […]