Gold rush rolls on for Norway’s skiers

Maren Lundby’s gold medal in women’s ski jumping on Wednesday kept Norway firmly in the lead at the World Championships in Seefeld, Austria. So did Martin Johnsrud Sundby’s more surprising gold in the men’s 15-kilometer race earlier in the day, after even more gold was mined on Tuesday. Norway continued to utterly dominate the FIS […]

Handball team in ‘crisis’

One of Norway’s top professional handball teams is in financial crisis, with all payments halted to employees and players, who in turn have been released from their contracts. “We can’t operation the club with the costs we have today,” the manager of Larvik Håndballklubb told state broadcaster NRK. Newspaper Østlands-Posten had already reported how players and […]

Johaug cried again, for joy this time

Norway was leading the gold rush at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Austria after the weekend, and among the Norwegian winners was Therese Johaug. She made a golden comeback from her doping suspension, while teammates won more medals as well. Two years after sobbing and pounding a table in anger over her use of […]

Kristoffersen off training alone

The recent alpine skiing World Championships seemed to end on a slightly sour note for Norway last weekend, after confirmation that skier Henrik Kristoffersen had stirred up more bad feelings within the men’s ski team. He won a long-sought gold medal in the grand slalom, but also had landed in so much conflict with the […]

Championships off to a golden start

Norway’s national anthem was played after both opening races at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld, Austria on Thursday. Norwegian skiers won both gold medals in both the men’s and women’s sprints, with another Norwegian picking up a bronze medal as well. Some sports commentators have predicted that Norway will win 11 gold medals, […]

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 […]