Holmenkollen to fend off more ‘fylla’

UPDATED: More crowds and sports fans headed up to Holmenkollen in Oslo over the weekend, for World Cup biathlon competition. Organizers promised that they would not be subjected to the drunken disordliness called fylla that plagued last weekend’s World Cup ski jumping and cross-country events, and that they were “working hard” to prevent it from […]

‘Kollen’ shame hurts Olympic hopes

Norway’s biggest annual winter sports weekend ended with Norwegians winning most everything, but leaving them stunned and shamed by drunk- and disorderly conduct among spectators. Athletes’ hopes of another Winter Olympics (OL) in Norway were quickly put on ice, at least temporarily. The chaos that spoiled the Holmenkollen Ski Festival on Saturday was not reflected in […]

Crowd chaos at Holmenkollen

Enormous crowds and public drunkenness created what police described as “pure chaos” at the annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Oslo on Saturday. Intoxicated and aggressive members of the public started fights, tore down security fences and overwhelmed the public transport system, and at least eight people were injured. “We had looked forward to a fine […]

Holmenkollen drew Olympic stars

UPDATED: Winter sports stars gathered in Oslo over the weekend for the annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival. One of them was attracting more attention, and not just because of his carefully waxed moustache. Ski jumper Robert Johansson won individual bronze medals and team gold at the Olympics in South Korea, and then came home to win […]

Ski jump’s costs soar, bailout sought

Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump is called a “national facility,” but it’s long been a drain on the city’s finances. Now Oslo officials are reviving efforts to secure more state funding to help bail them out of Holmenkollen’s costs, which they feel are claiming far too much of the capital’s overall sports budget. Newspaper Aftenposten reported […]

Skiers get to test experts’ tracks

A lack of snow in the hills and forests above Oslo hasn’t allowed organizers to prepare the traditional trails for this weekend’s long, popular ski race known as Holmenkollmarsjen. As a consolation, skiers will instead be able to race over the professionals’ course up at Holmenkollen itself. Only 500 of those registered have opted to sit out this […]

Johaug left rivals in the fog

Skiing star Therese Johaug put on another show of strength and skill on Sunday, and continued the Norwegians’ winning streak this season. Her smashing victory in the women’s 30-kilometer race at Holmenkollen in Oslo will go down in the record books as the most decisive since the race was launched in 1993. Johaug, a 27-year-old […]

Sundby now writes ski history himself

Norwegian skiing ace Martin Johnsrud Sundby wrote an essay on the history of skiing 21 years ago, when he was in the fifth grade. Now he’s making history himself as one of the greatest Norwegian skiers ever, after logging yet another victory at Holmenkollen in Oslo over the weekend. “For me, skis and skiing were […]

Rain, fog, drunks plagued ‘skifest’

It was supposed to be a festive winter sports party, but this year’s Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Oslo turned into a foggy, wet and, by some accounts, even frightening experience for quite a few spectators. The thrill of two Norwegian athletes’ victories on Saturday and Sunday was dashed by the agony of those claiming later on […]

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 […]