Ingebrigtsen cashing in

Jakob Ingebrigtsen, one of Norway’s young track and field stars, is already reaping the rewards of his success this summer, not least his gold medal at the delayed Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Bonuses, extended sponsor agreements and lucrative fees for taking part in sporting events all mean the 20-year-old can cash in at an early […]

Olympic medalists win heroes welcome

Water canons sprayed over the private jet that brought Olympic heroes Karsten Warholm, Eivind Henriksen and their medals back to Norway on Friday, after they won gold and silver medals in Tokyo this week. Warholm generated headlines worldwide, after shattering his own world record and running what’s been branded as the best race in Olympic […]

Norway won’t send athletes to Olympics in July

The president of Norway’s national athletics foundation NIF followed Canada on Monday in declaring that she doesn’t want to send any Norwegian athletes to the next Summer Olympics (OL in Norwegian) if it’s not postponed. NIF President Berit Kjøll, backed by Norway’s government minister in charge of culture and sports, Abid Raja, cited the threat […]

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 […]

Biathlon legend reluctantly retires

After standing on the winners’ platform 256 times in the course of his 24-year-long sports career, Ole Einar Bjørndalen has reluctantly decided to retire after a disappointing winter that was plagued by heart trouble. Norway’s legendary biathlon skiing star was nearly overcome by emotion as he announced on Tuesday that this past season was his […]

‘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 […]

Men disappointed in OL’s last days

While Norwegian sports fans were cheering their athletes’ record medal haul at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, not everyone performed up to expectations. Among them were skiers on the mens’ teams, including stars like Martin Johnsrud Sundby. He needed some time to himself after failing to win any medals in the men’s tough 50-kilometer […]

Olympic glory may prod ‘OL’ in Norway

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegians were getting back to work on Monday after a Winter Olympics that surpassed even their high expectations. Skier Marit Bjørgen’s own historic gold rush and Norwegian athletes’ total haul of 39 medals put Norway at the top of winter sports once again, and raised questions about whether the country might arrange another […]

Klæbo headed home from a ‘golden OL’

Norway’s new wonderboy in skiing, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, was heading home before the Winter Olympics end this weekend. The 21-year-old sensation on skis decided not to race in the men’s tough 50-kilometer race on Saturday, admitting that his three Olympic gold medals had drained him of energy. “After I recovered from the race yesterday (the […]

Curling couple wins a medal after all

Norway was set to claim another medal at the Winter Olympics on Thursday, after the Russian winners of a bronze in curling lost it because of a doping violation. Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten were on their way back to South Korea to receive the bronze instead. The Norwegian couple had traveled home after initially […]