Svindal wants to ski another season

Norway’s veteran downhill skiing star Axel Lund Svindal had some good news for fans this week, if not competitors. The 35-year-old alpine champion intends to take part in the upcoming racing season, and lunge out of the starting gate at Lake Louise in Canada late next month. Svindal plans to defy lingering effects of injuries […]

Mystery donor leaves lots of cash

Someone wants to contribute financially to a local athletics organization in the West Coast community of Varhaug. He or she is doing it by leaving hundreds of thousands of kroner in the mailbox of the sports group’s leader. The first packet of money arrived in 2014, in the mailbox at the home of the organization’s […]

New book sends hikers into ‘marka’

SEE  THE VIDEO: Hundreds of the most avid hikers and skiers in the Oslo area flocked to a hillside in the valley of Sørkedalen last weekend. They’d been eagerly awaiting release of the local ski association’s new Kjentmannsmerket Handbook, full of 50 new destinations, to become even better kjent (acquainted) with the great and nearby outdoors known […]

Women qualify for World Cup football

Champagne bottles were popping and Norway’s women’s football team was cheering after they qualified this week to play in next summer’s Women’s World Cup in France. The Norwegian team, however, still won’t include the country’s international female football star Ada Hegerberg. The national team’s women secured their World Cup spot after beating the Netherlands in […]

Women skiers in sorrow again

Norway’s national women’s ski team was in sorrow once again this week, after learning that former racer Ida Eide, a good friend of star skier Therese Johaug, died of a heart attack after just turning 30. Former champion Vibeke Skofterud, meanwhile, was found to have consumed too much alcohol to be legally driving the water jet […]

Dramatic victory at Birkebeiner

The women’s cycling version of Norway’s Birkebeiner races resulted in a dramatic victory for Borghild Løvset over the weekend. She fell and lost the seat on her bicycle, but still managed to win the race by a margin of seven minutes. Løvset won the 54-kilometer race over the mountains from Rena to Lillehammer with a […]

Football fans sparked chaos and injury

Rowdy football fans on their way to a match between the Brann football club of Bergen and Vålerenga of Oslo literally sparked drama and despair in downtown Oslo Sunday evening, when pre-match antics went very wrong. One Brann fan ended up being run over by the metro, which then ground the system to a halt. Oslo […]

‘Not surprised’ by Viktor’s victory

Norwegian coaches who trained golfer Viktor Hovland as a young teenager were impressed but not surprised by his stunning victory at the US Amateur over the weekend. They were citing his perfectionism and, quite literally, his drive as key factors behind his success at the tournament that’s been won by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, […]

Hockey stars drew a huge crowd

Far more Norwegians showed up for an unusual charity ice hockey match at Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium over the weekend than normally show up for the football matches normally held there. They were drawn by Norwegian hockey star Mats Zuccarello and other top players from the NHL. “It’s fantastic to see so many people here,” Zuccarello […]

‘Medal magic’ for Team Ingebrigtsen

His girlfriend probably said it best, after 17-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen crossed the finish line first again Saturday night, this time followed by his older brother Henrik: “It was magic.” The two Norwegian brothers made history by winning both the gold and silver medals in the tough men’s 5,000 meter race at the European Championships in […]