Skiers hail American winner

Norway’s national ski teams didn’t take part in the tough long-distance Tour de Ski this New Year, because of Corona infection concerns. The Norwegian skiers are nonetheless hailing the winner of the women’s race, Jessica Diggins of the US, even calling her “a blessing for the sport.” Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, who’s been knocked out of […]

Johaug cuts her ties to Huawei

Professional cross-country skier Therese Johaug seems to have given in to strong criticism and ended a “cooperation” deal she had with the Chinese communications giant Huawei. It’s been under fire for its alleged ties to the Chinese government and the facial recognition technology used to identify and persecute the Uyghur minority in China. Johaug and […]

Handball thriller sparks celebration

Norway’s national women’s handball team has long been a major player, quite literally, on the international stage. They were still celebrating Monday after beating France Sunday night to claim the European Championship. Commentators called it a thrilling match by all accounts, after Norway narrowly won by a score of 22-20. Star player Nora Mørk made […]

Birkebeiner race ‘guaranteed’

In the midst of the Corona pandemic that’s cancelled most all public events comes at least some good news for skiers: Norway’s traditional Birkebeiner ski race over the mountains to Lillehammer is “guaranteed” to take place as usual in March. It was cancelled this year and weather has spoiled it as well, but barring the […]

Golf queen raves about Hovland

Norway’s retired golfing queen Suzann Pettersen thinks young Viktor Hovland “can be among the world’s best,” after he won a PGA victory in Mexico over the weekend along with the equivalent of NOK 11 million. It was the 23-year-old Hovland’s biggest win yet, just two years after his debut on the PGA tour. “There are […]

‘An honour’ to take over national team

Norwegian football star Ståle Solbakken called it “an honour” to become the new head coach of Norway’s men’s national football team known as landslaget. He thinks it’s probably “the biggest job” in Norwegian athletics. “Being able in the course of a coaching career to lead the Norwegian national football team is an honour,” Solbakken said […]

Ski federation drops World Cup races

No Norwegian skiers will be competing in the next rounds of World Cup races in both Davos and Dresden. Corona infection fears are considered too high to risk the travel involved. Norges Skiforbund issued a press release Tuesday in which it stated that it also doesn’t expect any Norwegians to compete in the tough Tour […]

Corona spurs skiers to suspend races

A decision by champion cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo to drop upcoming World Cup races in Davos and Dresden sends “a dramatic signal,” claims commentator and former top skier Fredrik Aukland. Then Klæbo was joined by skier Emil Iversen in the effort to minimize Corona risk, forcing top skiing officials to re-evaluate the risks involved […]

Ski season opens amidst Corona debate

Not everyone can understand why international sports competition has been allowed to continue amidst rising Corona infection, but ski season is well underway with cross-country World Cup events starting on Friday. Most skiers arriving in Kuusamo, Finland were aware that the season can end at any time. “We were prepared for the worst (cancellation),” skiing […]

Bodø/Glimt made the north proud

Celebrations continued into Monday after Bodø/Glimt, the hometown football team in Norway’s northern city of Bodø, secured the northern region’s first national league championship ever. They made everyone so proud that their SAS flight was escorted home by locally based F16 fighter jets. Bodø/Glimt beat Strømsgodset in Drammen by a score of 2-1 on Sunday, […]