Norway shines at World Championships

Norwegian skiers collected four medals right after competition began at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf on Thursday. Norway grabbed all three in the men’s sprint, while Maiken Caspersen Falla won silver in the women’s race. Johannes Høsflot Klæbo led the pack, winning gold by a solid margin. Norwegian teammate Erik Valne won silver […]

Corona cancels ‘Finnmarksløpet’

Norway’s gruelling but often spectacular dogsled race around Finnmark in Northern Norway has been cancelled because of national restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the Corona virus. Disappointed participants claim that those traveling on winter holidays in Southern Norway face a much higher infection risk. “In Southern Norway people are allowed to head off […]

Pain dashed Ruud’s Grand Slam hopes

It was all going so well for Casper Ruud, Norway’s best tennis player who was making great progress in a Grand Slam tournament. Severe pain from a stretched stomach muscle, however, forced Ruud to withdraw from the Australian Open. Ruud, Norway’s 22-year-old tennis star from Snarøya just outside Oslo, had made it to the fourth […]

World Cup events in Norway cancelled

It’s official: There won’t be any Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Oslo this year, no World Cup ski jumping or cross country skiing in Lillehammer either, nor alpine races at Kvitfjell. Closed borders and strict Corona containment measures prompted sports bureaucrats to call it all off, even though Norwegian athletes are competing and winning at World […]

Ex-biathlon boss faces more charges

Police and athletics organizations in Norway and Austria are evaluating serious charges against Anders Besseberg, the Norwegian who was president of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) for nearly 26 years. Besseberg has been accused by the IBU’s independent External Review Comission (ERC) of favouring and protecting Russian interests, “particularly in the anti-doping context,” after Russian […]

Oslo’s boss blasts World Cup plans

Oslo’s city government leader Raymond Johansen thinks it’s “crazy” to even think about hosting World Cup skiing competition at Holmenkollen in March, or an international football match either. He firmly rejects the state government’s support for sports officials’ plans to host such events, making it unlikely that skiers will be racing around or jumping at […]

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 […]