Kristoffersen wins first World Championship

Henrik Kristoffersen, a 24-year-old skier from Rælingen outside Oslo, finally won his first gold medal in World Championship competition on Friday. Kristoffersen flew down the grand slalom course in Åre, Sweden, and was described by one commentator as an “artist on skis.” Kristoffersen beat Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who took silver, and Alexis Pinturault of […]

Olympic torch re-lit, but not OL spirits

It’s been 25 years since Norway hosted what even the International Olympic Committee (IOC) boss at the time famously called “the best Olympic Winter Games ever.” The torch in Lillehammer has been re-lit for this week’s silver anniversary celebrations, but Norwegians themselves are far from fired up about mounting what they call “vinter-OL” for the […]

Magic moment for Norwegian skiers

Maybe training with the Norwegian military’s special forces last spring helped downhill racer Kjetil Jansrud after all. He skied, at any rate, to the World Championship in the men’s downhill over the weekend, while his longtime mentor Aksel Lund Svindal skied to what could only be called a fabulous end to a brilliant career. Jansrud […]

Skiing star Svindal will be missed

Tributes have been pouring in since Norway’s popular downhill racer Aksel Lund Svindal finally announced his looming retirement last week. There was no doubt at all that Svindal will be missed and warmly remembered. At an age of 36, and after some spectacular spills and injuries in recent years, the retirement issue has been lurking […]

Sonja Henie back in the spotlight

She ranked as among the most internationally famous Norwegians, but wasn’t very popular at home. A new film about ice skating star Sonja Henie hasn’t been very popular with the public either, but it was chosen to make its international premiere  at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah this weekend. Its selection for a showing […]

Molde thinks Solskjær will come home

Norway’s triumphant football coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær is still expected to return to his head coaching job at the Molde Football Club, even after making history at Manchester United by leading his former club to six victories in a row including Sunday’s win over top-league Tottenham. His colleagues at Molde are enjoying Solskjær’s success in […]

Norwegians win, but skiing loses

Norwegians won both the men’s and women’s versions of the tough, week-long Tour de Ski that ended Sunday in the alps of Europe. The double victory kept Norway at the top of its popular national sport, but experts fear the future for cross-country skiing is in danger over a lack of snow and international sponsors’ funding. […]

Carlsen loses after calling for change

Magnus Carlsen claimed he couldn’t allow himself to be disappointed after finishing only fifth in the World Rapid Chess Championship in St Petersburg on Friday. The four-time World Chess Champion still wants to influence change in the format of the chess championships, though, hinting that otherwise he may not take part at the next round […]

Solskjær returns to Manchester United

The speculation that swirled this week over Norwegian football star Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s new top post at Manchester United seemed to become a sport in itself. The guessing game ended when Solskjær’s own former club confirmed Wednesday that he’s been appointed “caretaker manager” through the end of the season. Solskjær himself, who’d remained determinedly unavailable […]

Beating Sweden cheered handball team

Norway’s women’s handball team ended up in fifth place at the European Championships, after beating Sweden by a score of 38-29. Now the team that’s highly popular in Norway intends to regroup and come back stronger in the World Championships in Japan next year. The victory over Sweden helped ease the pain of not making […]