Johaug fights to save her career

UPDATED: Norway’s cross-country skiing champion Therese Johaug was back testifying on her own behalf this week, as she continued to vigorously defend herself against doping charges. Now she welcomes a verdict from the Swiss court of arbitration handling sports cases (CAS), as she tries to save her brilliant career. “I’ll get an international verdict, and […]

New gondola wins a royal reception

Residents of Loen in the mountains around the Nordfjord could hardly have hoped for better promotion of their new tourist attraction this weekend. Under sunny skies and with snow-capped mountains at their scenic best, a new gondola built to lure more visitors to the area was formally opened on Saturday by none other than Queen Sonja. The queen, who […]

Oslo wakes up to more snow

Police were urging motorists to leave their cars at home on Thursday, after the Oslo area was hit by more sleet and snow that built up at higher elevations and left roads extremely slippery. The unseasonably cold and wet weather, which also put a damper on royal birthday celebrations this week, was expected to improve. […]

Spring skiers warned against sunburn

Norway’s national cancer association (Kreftforeningen) was once against warning everyone heading outdoors to enjoy spring skiing during the Easter holidays to use sun block creams and dark sunglasses. Weather forecasts in Southern Norway were predicting temperatures as high as 15C in some areas. “In the mountains of Southern Norway, the Easter sun can be  intense,” Bjørn […]

‘God påske’ weekend to all our readers

Norway’s annual “Easter Exodus” is underway, with new figures showing that nearly half the country’s entire population planned to take time off for a spring vacation combined with the Easter holidays. Many Norwegians still head for the mountains for traditional spring skiing holidays, while increasing numbers travel within the country or go abroad. Norway officially observes more […]

Case dropped against Johaug’s doctor

UPDATED: Norway’s anti-doping agency has decided to drop its case against Dr Fredrik Bendiksen, the former doctor for the Norwegian national ski team. Bendiksen was the doctor who purchased a tube of lip cream in Italy and gave it to star skier Therese Johaug to use, without noticing that it contained a steroid that led to Johaug’s […]

Weng tops in skiers’ earnings

Heidi Weng topped this year’s earnings list for Norwegian skiers, with total winnings of just over NOK 2.3 million (USD 274,000). By winning the overall World Cup, she beat her rivals, and not just at the finish line. In addition comes earnings from various sponsorships and other support, but it’s the race winnings that seem […]

Drama at the Birkebeiner when snowmobile hit skier

It was described as “the worst that can happen,” and it did: A professional video crew taping the action in Saturday’s traditional Birkebeiner ski race over the mountains between Rena and Lillehammer collided with this year’s winner of the overall World Cup, Martin Johnsrud Sundby.  It was the proverbial wake-up call for both athletes and crews […]

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 […]

Birkebeiner attracts record foreigners

Organizers of this year’s annual and highly traditional Birkebeiner ski race from Rena to Lillehammer faced having the lowest number of participants in 15 years. They’re making up for at least some of the loss by instead attracting record numbers of foreign racers, keen to test their stamina in the 54-kilometer marathon. “I am from Granada,” […]