Men also mined champions’ gold

The king, the prime minister and tens of thousands of cheering, flag-waving fans were on hand to congratulate the Norwegian men’s relay team when they won the gold medal at the Biathlon World Championships in Oslo on Saturday. Victory was especially sweet for Norway’s legendary athlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who won his 43rd championship medal […]

Norway wins gold at Holmenkollen

The crowd roared and the jubilant skiers were screaming themselves. The four women making up Norway’s relay team at the Biathlon World Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo shot and skied their way to victory on Friday afternoon, before stands packed with thousands of hometown supporters. “I skied for my life!” exclaimed Marte Olsbu, anchor woman of […]

Norwegian biathlon stars seek return to podium

None of Norway’s biathlon athletes earned a spot on the winners’ podium after events at the Biathlon World Championships resumed at Holmenkollen in Oslo on Wednesday. French skiers and shooters grabbed the two top spots, while the Norwegian men faced a new chance on Thursday. Wednesday’s event involved a 15-kilometer race for women with four pauses […]

Biathlon world bows to Bjørndalen

Ole Einar Bjørndalen impressed and inspired not just his fans and fellow athletes at the Biathlon World Championships in Oslo over the weekend, but also those with any doubt about accomplishments after age 40. At 42, Bjørndalen won his 42nd World Champiopnship medal in hard competition, and the accolades came pouring in. He’s a living legend and […]

‘Sorry, Norway,’ after ‘only’ winning biathlon bronze

It finally stopped snowing, the fog lifted and the first event of the Biathlon World Championships at Holmenkollen in Oslo could begin as scheduled Thursday afternoon. Thousands of local fans were cheering for a gold medal, but when it was all over, that went to the French, not the Norwegians. “Sorry, Norway,” a rueful Norwegian […]

‘Biathlon Park’ moves into Oslo

Oslo was geared up on Wednesday to welcome thousands of skiing fans and athletes for the third major winter sports event to be hosted in Norway in the past month. The Biathlon World Championships will run for the next week and a half, with events up in the hills at Holmenkollen and celebrations downtown. The latter was getting […]

New winter storm can cause problems

After a solid week with clear blue skies and sunshine, residents of southern Norway were being told to brace for more snow, rain and storms. The bad weather threatened to especially cause problems for organizers, athletes and more than 100,000 sports fans attending the Biathlon World Championships that start Wednesday at Holmenkollen in Oslo. Fog […]

Mild winters put ski events at risk

As this weekend’s Holmenkollen Ski Festival unfolds in the hills above Oslo, it’s become increasingly clear that organizing such major winter sports events has become a risky sport in itself. A lack of snow, fluctuating temperatures and predictions of rain on Saturday and Sunday make conditions highly unpredictable, adding expense, tensions and questions over whether it’s all worthwhile. Holmenkollen […]

Biathlon veteran does it again

Ole Einar Bjørndalen won his 95th World Cup victory in biathlon skiing on Wednesday, crushing his competitors to clinch his first spot on the top of the World Cup podium in more than three years. His much younger rivals were mightily impressed. Bjørndalen, age 41, was promptly re-crowned as the “King of Biathlon” after skiing and shooting over a 20-kilometer […]

Bø brothers savour biathlon medals

Johannes Thingnes Bø and his older brother Tarjei were still savouring the gold and bronze medals they won in the men’s sprint at the biathlon world championships in Finland over the weekend. Johannes was reduced to tears of joy while being interviewed live on state broadcaster NRK. “Winning gold is great, but it’s even more emotional […]