Coop will uphold Northug deal

Troubled Norwegian cross country skier Petter Northug was relieved on Thursday, after grocery chain Coop decided to uphold their sponsorship deal. Northug’s future looked shaky after he crashed his car while driving drunk earlier this month, but Coop agreed to continue the deal after Northug said he would cut ties with his management team. “Our […]

Resorts count the cost of poor season

Eikedalen in Hordaland closed before Easter for the first time in 30 years, while in other parts of Norway record snowfalls have extended the season. The Alpine Association (Alpinanleggenes Landsforening) said there was unusually large variation between snow depths at resorts this season, but ultimately bad weather has driven profits down. The total turnover from […]

Northug won’t rejoin national team

Despite a disappointing season, the former golden boy of Norwegian cross country skiing has no plans to rejoin the national team. Petter Northug joined commentators before a football match between Rosenborg and Odd on Sunday, and said he would continue his private sponsorship deal with a major supermarket chain. Northug said when he begins his […]

‘Birken’ racers don’t chase status

Competing in the grueling annual 54 kilometre ‘Birken’ cross country ski race (Birkebeinerrennet) has long been regarded as a status symbol among athletic Norwegians. Several studies into competitors’ motivations revealed most are not in fact driven by a desire for prestige, but simply the goal of reaching a training target. Nearly 20,000 participants were due […]

Norway wins first Sochi Paralympics gold

Mariann Vestbøstad Marthinsen won Norway’s first gold medal at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi on Wednesday in the seated cross country ski sprint. Marthinsen triumphed in a close finish to cross the line just 0.1 of a second ahead of Tatyana McFadden from the USA. Marthinsen won all of the day’s heats, as well as […]

Doping program angers ski queen

Norwegian cross country skiing champion Marit Bjørgen was furious that a Swedish documentary crew gained access to confidential blood samples taken by the International Ski Federation (FIS), when the athletes themselves don’t even see the results. Meanwhile, the only Norwegian named in the program was angry that Norway’s ski federation (Norges Skiforbund) didn’t defend him, […]

Norwegians dominate Drammen sprint

Both the Norwegian men’s and women’s teams tasted home ground success in the cross country ski world cup race at Drammen on Wednesday afternoon. Norwegians powered home in first and second position in both of the sprint finals. The race was held on artificial snow through the city streets. Cheering crowds lined the footpaths as […]

Graabak grabs even more gold

Norway’s Jørgen Graabak held off Germany in a sprint to the finish line, securing the top podium position in the Nordic Combined Team Large Hill event at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday. It marked Norway’s 10th gold medal during the Winter Games, and only the second time Norway has won gold in the event that […]

‘Golden girls’ win team sprint

Norwegian cross country skiers Marit Bjørgen and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg were unstoppable in the women’s classic team sprint final at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday, powering home to take the gold medal. There was no joy for the men however, who finished fourth in a controversial showdown. In the ladies’ sprint, Østberg took the lead […]

Swedish rivals triumph in relay

The Norwegian women’s cross country team couldn’t shake off its losing streak on Saturday morning, finishing a disappointing fifth place in the 20 kilometre relay. Adding to the Norwegian’s heartbreak was the fact rivals Sweden took home the gold medal, its first of the Sochi Olympics, after Charlotte Kalla closed an intimidating 25 second gap […]