Norway won’t send athletes to Olympics in July

The president of Norway’s national athletics foundation NIF followed Canada on Monday in declaring that she doesn’t want to send any Norwegian athletes to the next Summer Olympics (OL in Norwegian) if it’s not postponed. NIF President Berit Kjøll, backed by Norway’s government minister in charge of culture and sports, Abid Raja, cited the threat […]

No Birkebeiner as Corona spreads

The Corona virus has “entered a new phase” in Norway, public health officials declared Tuesday evening. New cases can’t be traced to infection abroad, and now even the traditional Birkebeiner ski race has been cancelled to discourage crowds and hinder the virus from spreading. As the number of Norwegians infected with Corona hit 277, much […]

Finnmark dogsled race underway

Neither snow nor sleet nor the Corona virus could stop the 40th Norwegian dogsled race known as Finnmarksløpet. It took off over the weekend from Alta, along with a week-long winter festival that involves many local municipalities. The toughest competitors run 1,200 kilometers with their dogs over a course that stretches east from Alta via […]

Wind and fog cancelled ski jumping

Both the men’s and women’s annual ski jumping competitions at Oslo’s iconic Holmenkollen Ski Jump were cancelled Sunday afternoon. Strong winds and melting snow made it impossible to carry out an event that already had been all but killed off by the Corona virus. “Organizers of Holmenkollen can’t be blamed that the ski jumping was […]

Norwegian skiers lost, jumper won

After a season of near total dominance, Norwegians failed to win either of the long-distance World Cup races for men and women held during the Holmenkollen Ski Festival over the weekend. They wound up beaten by a Russian and a Swede. Alexsandr Bolsjunov of Russia won the men’s 50-kilometer race, with Simen Hegstad Krüger and […]

Corona spoils the Holmenkollen party

One of Norway’s biggest outdoor parties of the year has been spoiled at the last minute, after local authorities ordered a shutdown of all arenas for Oslo’s annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival and World Cup competition this weekend. The ski races and ski jumping will go on, but the grandstands will remain empty after the public […]

Sporting goods chain files for bankruptcy

Gresvig, one of Norway’s largest nationwide sporting goods chains, filed for bankruptcy on Monday. The chain with long roots in the country claimed that costs tied to its retail store structure became “too demanding.” The board of Gresvig Retail Group has also had higher purchasing costs than arch rival XXL, for example, which has larger […]

‘Snow’ opens when none is outdoors

It’s been called “a monument to climate change,” but the manager of the Oslo area’s new indoor skiing center called Snø (Snow) insists it “neither can nor will replace winter.” It’s just a coincidende, apparently, that the huge facility adjacent to the busy E6 highway at Lørenskog opened in the middle of the warmest January on […]

‘Ada will come back stronger’

The mother of Norwegian football star Ada Stolsmo Hegerberg says she’s quite sure her daughter will return to the field even stronger than before she tore a ligament in her right knee during a training session last weekend. Hegerberg herself vows fans will be able “to see me soon.” The accident occurred “when she was […]

Sports stars Haaland and Johaug excel again

Norwegian athletes had a good weekend in a wide range of sports, but no one attracted as much media coverage as the 19-year-old football player Erling Braut Haaland. He made history in the highly ranked German Bundesleague for scoring five goals in his first two matches for his new club, Borussia Dortmund. “This is fantastic,” Haaland […]