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 […]

Handball men happy with bronze medal

Norway’s national men’s handball team rebounded to win their first medal at the European Championships in Stockholm over the weekend. They all seemed to agree the bronze was a good consolation prize after failing to get into the finals. Norway’s narrow loss to Croatia in a dramatic match on Friday had plunged them into despair, […]

Handball drama all around

Swedish organizers of the European Championships in men’s handball lost a Scandinavian advantage for ticket sales when only Norway made it into the semi-finals this weekend. They hoped Norwegian handball fans would boost demand, but then Norway lost its chance to win its first Euro gold ever. Norway’s 28-29 loss to Croatia on Friday came […]

New football star shines worldwide

The superlatives were still pouring in on Monday after Norway’s newest football star, Erling Braut Haaland, made his “extraordinary,” “crazy,” “incredible” weekend debut with his new club Borussia Dortmund. Not only did the 19-year-old rescue his team from possible defeat, he hit the field as a substitute and scored three goals within 20 minutes. The […]

Johaug wins ‘Tour de Ski,’ Klæbo ‘loses’

Norwegian skiing star Therese Johaug was once again in a class of her own at the annual marathon Tour de Ski that began right after Christmas. Norwegian women won all the top spots on the last day, while Johannes Høsflot Klæbo had to yield the two overall top spots on the mens’ podium to Russian […]