Taking the shine off Holmenkollen

NEWS COMMENTARY: The emotional outpouring over a skier’s misguided jump this week has amounted to one of those “only in Norway” sorts of stories. It says a lot about priorities in this small but often passionate country, for better or worse. There aren’t many other places in the world where a skier’s jump would dominate […]

Debate flies over ban on ski jumper

One of Norway’s top ski jumpers has been banned from competing in two World Cup events this weekend, after he spoiled the ceremonial opening of Oslo’s new Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Debate is flying, though, over whether his punishment is too harsh. Bjørn Einar Romøren (shown at right in recent action at the Winter Olympics) made a […]

Sagen first in people’s hearts

Norway’s pioneering female ski jumper Anette Sagen drew cheers at Holmenkollen Wednesday evening when she became the first person to officially soar off the city’s brand new ski jump. She landed at 106.5 meters and made history, even though a fellow jumper almost ruined the party. It had been a day of drama at Holmenkollen, […]

‘Pioneer’ to jump first off new Holmenkollen

Anette Sagen, Norway’s top female ski jumper, was chosen to be the first person to officially jump off Oslo’s new Holmenkollen Ski Jump when it opens on Wednesday. Sagen was chosen because she’s said to be a “pioneer” in the sport. Sagen, a 25-year-old from Mosjøen, was also clearly the “people’s favorite” for the honor […]