Ski team members carried colleague’s casket

Funeral services were held on Thursday for former top Norwegian skier Vibeke Skofterud, with four of her national ski team members carrying her casket to her gravesite. Skiing stars Marit Bjørgen and Therese Johaug were among those tearfully serving as pall bearers. The Eidsberg church in Skofterud’s home county of Østfold, southeast of Oslo, was […]

Police probe death of former skiing star

UPDATED: Police say it may take several weeks to find out what led to the marine jet ski accident that killed Vibeke Skofterud during the weekend off the coast of Southern Norway. They were pointing on Monday, though, to darkness and high speed as probable causes after the body of the former World Champion cross-country […]

Northug can’t afford more trouble

Norway’s bad boy of skiing, Petter Northug, has been duly warned: His return this week to the national ski team must not be jeopardized either by bad behaviour or spending too much time training at high altitude. “There’s no doubt he drove himself hard at high altitudes,” Northug’s new coach, Arild Monsen, told state broadcaster […]

Bad weather spoils season’s last race

Norway’s traditional last ski race of the season this weekend, a mountain classic known as Skarverennet, was supposed to have been an eagerly anticipated battle of the superstars and a grand finale for Marit Bjørgen. Strong winds and poor visibility ended up cancelling it, also for the 12,200 others who had signed up to take […]

Skiing star Bjørgen goes out on top

UPDATED: Marit Bjørgen, who just became the most-winning Winter Olympian of all time, has decided to retire from professional cross-country skiing while she’s still the world’s reigning ski queen. She’ll ski her last race on Saturday in the Norwegian championships now underway in Alta. She was smiling and joked with reporters before another race on […]

Avalanche accidents double

Nearly twice as many people have reported being involved in avalanches so far this winter compared to last year, just as the so-called topptur season of climbing up to mountaintops and skiing down them has begun. One skier has already been killed, in an avalanche at Lofoten last weekend, while 12 French tourists narrowly escaped […]

Skiers flocked to mountain ‘hytter’

Clear and sunny weather and an abundance of snow resulted in some huge increases in the number of overnight stays last week at the Norwegian mountain cabins and lodges known as hytter and operated by the national trekking association DNT . “The visitor numbers confirm that Easter in the mountains is a tradition that lives […]

Biathlon legend reluctantly retires

After standing on the winners’ platform 256 times in the course of his 24-year-long sports career, Ole Einar Bjørndalen has reluctantly decided to retire after a disappointing winter that was plagued by heart trouble. Norway’s legendary biathlon skiing star was nearly overcome by emotion as he announced on Tuesday that this past season was his […]

Avalanche kills man skiing in Lofoten

A Norwegian man in his 40s was killed when he was caught in an avalanche on the steep slopes near Kleppstad at Vågan in Lofoten Sunday afternoon. Warnings had been up all week for high avalanche danger all over the country. Another man out skiing with the victim had alerted police to the avalanche around […]

Northug breaks a record, stays mum

Finally some good news for Norway’s former skiing sensation Petter Northug: He’s won two Norwegian ski races in recent days including  Sandfjellrennet for the third time on Wednesday. He also broke Sandfjellrennet’s finishing time, but was tight-lipped about his plans for next season as questions rise around his sponsors. Northug beat national team member Didrik […]