Ski officials still face harsh criticism

Even as the Nordic World Ski Championships opened in Lahti, Finland this week, and Norwegian skiers won both gold and bronze medals, the officials running their Oslo-based national skiing federation were facing more criticism. Now it’s been revealed that last year’s doping drama against one of Norway’s star skiers was kept secret even from the federation’s own […]

Kristoffersen furious over 4th place

Norway’s young slalom skiing star Henrik Kristoffersen was so angry over his relatively poor performance in the alpine world championships this weekend that he threw down his ski poles and trounced out of the finish area. His behaviour was already a matter of debate back home, not least among those who accuse Kristoffersen of undermining the entire Norwegian support system […]

Finally a medal for slalom skier Haugen

Leif Kristian Haugen, age 29, has been skiing for Norway on the World Cup circuit for eight years and finally won a place on the winners’ podium Friday – at the World Championships in St Moritz, no less. He howled with joy at the finish line. Haugen won the bronze medal in Friday’s grand slalom […]

Skiing bosses ‘acquitted’ in big medication debate

Officials at Norway’s national skiing federation (Norges Skiforbundet) have been cleared of intentionally misusing asthma medicine or prescribing it for athletes who don’t have asthma. A commission investigating the charges found, however, that the federation has had poor routines and needs to handle medications more seriously. The skiing bosses have been under heavy criticism that exploded […]

Johaug won’t appeal suspension herself

Norwegian skier Therese Johaug has opted against appealing the 13-month suspension from all competition and team training that she was handed last week by a sports tribunal in Norway. Her lawyer told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Wednesday that she now just wants to concentrate on her skiing and not on an appeal. It remains possible for […]

More sponsors may dump Johaug

UPDATED: Ski producer Fischer isn’t the only sponsor who may withdraw from contracts they have with Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug. Several other companies that have sponsored her, including Oakley, Colgate and Tagheuser, have a right to revoke contracts following her doping conviction that currently has resulted in a 13-month suspension from her sport. “This […]

Johaug verdict ‘likely to be appealed’

A 13-month ban from competition that was lodged against world champion Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug on Friday remains subject to appeal by a variety of players, not least Johaug herself. A member of the international ski federation FIS’ board reportedly told media in Finland Friday night that an appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Switzerland (CAS) […]

Triple Norwegian victory raises skiers’ spirits

After Norwegian women won all top three spots at the latest World Cup race in Falun, Sweden over the weekend, speculation was flying once again that they’ll also do well at the World Championships even without doping-charged Therese Johaug on the team. Hopes were especially high for veteran Marit Bjørgen, who was back on top […]

Lack of snow chills large ski races

As residents of southern Norway headed into another weekend with few if any prospects for skiing, because of an ongoing lack of snow, the organizers of major annual ski races are losing out as well. Registration is down by as much as 70 percent, and they blame both the warmer weather and a general decline […]

Johaug clothing sales halted in Finland

Doping-charged skier Therese Johaug hasn’t only lost this season’s potential winnings on the ski trails, she’s also losing money on sales of her line of clothing. “In Norway, sales are still good, but we have chosen to pull out of Finland,” said Øystein Bråta, director of Nordic operations for Active Brands, which owns the Johaug […]