Ski jump’s costs soar, bailout sought

Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump is called a “national facility,” but it’s long been a drain on the city’s finances. Now Oslo officials are reviving efforts to secure more state funding to help bail them out of Holmenkollen’s costs, which they feel are claiming far too much of the capital’s overall sports budget. Newspaper Aftenposten reported […]

Sports bosses paid millions for PR

The men who’ve recently been running Norway’s national athletics federation paid out nearly NOK 5 million in just a few months to drum up public support for their unpopular efforts to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Oslo. Two of the sports leaders have either quit or resigned under pressure. Their willingness to spend the […]

Athletes react to wining and dining

Large dinner and bar bills submitted by some of Norway’s top sports bureaucrats have sparked criticism, also from the top Norwegian athletes they lead. “I hope we don’t see more of this in the future,” said downhill racer Kjetil Jansrud. Expense accounts were finally released in more detail this week for those who run Norwegian […]

Athletics leaders reveal big spending

After months of pressure, Norway’s national athletics federation has finally turned over its expense accounts for both the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia and the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer last year. Both revealed some lavish spending on luxury hotels, meals and alcoholic beverages, and now the federation has chosen a new leader to replace the one who […]

Top sports official forced to resign

Years of conflicts in his job as secretary general of Norway’s national athletics federation (Norges Idrettsforbund, NIF) finally caught up with Inge Andersen on Monday. The board of NIF asked him to resign after a recent flurry of marathon meetings, but he’ll leave with NOK 2 million in severance pay. That’s controversial in Norway, a country where […]

New doping flap hits sports elite

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway has long clung to a reputation of having top athletes free of doping scandals, but that’s now being severely challenged by controversy over skiers’ use of asthma medicine. Norwegian sports officials were facing another torrent of criticism on Friday from both inside and outside the country, while a government minister demanded a full, independent […]

Huge interest all but drowns waterslide project

Interest is so massive in plans to create a giant waterslide on a hilly street in Oslo this summer that the website set up to sell tickets crashed over the weekend. It simply couldn’t handle the demand. “Some of you experienced problems yesterday in ordering tickets for Norway’s longest waterslide,” read a message posted on […]

Norway to build giant waterslide after all

What started as a joke on social media last year now seems poised to become a reality: Oslo officials have approved a proposal to roll out a 300-meter-long water slide in the city’s Sagene district, if only for one day this summer. “We just got it confirmed from the city, the police and fire departments,” Erik Holm, […]

Ex-OL boss rises from the sewers

Eli Grimsby, who led the failed effort to win support for a Winter Olympics in Oslo, won’t be returning to her old job working in the city’s water and sewer department after all. She and 15 other former “Oslo2022” staffers have secured new jobs, working to see that some of the Olympic sports venues get built anyway. “I […]

Sports group slams Special Olympics

Norway’s main sports association took aim at the Special Olympics on Friday, arguing that the royally promoted Norwegian branch of the worldwide sport movement for people with disabilities did little to actually facilitate any activities. Special Olympics President Geir Smeby denied the claims his organization lacked significance, was undemocratic and wasn’t transparent enough. The Special […]