Speed skater Sverre soars

Amidst all the hype of the Nordic Skiing World Championships that ended over the weekend, another Norwegian winter sports star has been winning medals of his own. Speed skater Sverre Lunde Pedersen won another one over the weekend, claiming silver in the World Allround competition in Calgary, after winning more silver and even gold last […]

Sonja Henie back in the spotlight

She ranked as among the most internationally famous Norwegians, but wasn’t very popular at home. A new film about ice skating star Sonja Henie hasn’t been very popular with the public either, but it was chosen to make its international premiere  at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah this weekend. Its selection for a showing […]

Norwegians still winning in winter

Two weeks after Norwegians dominated the Winter Olympics in South Korea they were back winning again at major winter sporting events over the weekend. Ski jumper Maren Lundby even made history. Lundby, who won gold at the Olympics, became the first Norwegian to win the overall World Cup in ski jumping for women. She claimed […]

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 […]

Experts predict an Olympic gold rush

Norwegian skiing experts are perhaps overly optimistic, but they’re predicting that Norway’s winter sports athletes will win no less than 50 medals at the Olympics getting underway in PyeongChang, South Korea. At least 20 will be gold, according to the experts and former champions polled by state broadcaster NRK. Norway has dominated winter sports competition […]

No more ‘X Games’ in Oslo

Oslo taxpayers won’t be paying for another winter “X Games” this year, after city politicians turned down the organizers’ funding requests. The organizers are now trying to secure funding from the state instead. Oslo provided NOK 42 million (nearly USD  6 million at the time) for last year’s X Games, which also attracted a doping controversy. The city […]

Ex-OL boss rises from the sewers

Eli Grimsby, who led the failed effort to win support for a Winter Olympics in Oslo, won’t be returning to her old job working in the city’s water and sewer department after all. She and 15 other former “Oslo2022” staffers have secured new jobs, working to see that some of the Olympic sports venues get built anyway. “I […]

Ice princess wins hearts, not medals

Norway’s first female Olympic figure skater in 50 years was never going to be a medal hope after just scraping into Thursday’s finals, but Anne Line Gjersem was thrilled just to be out on the ice. Earlier in the day three Norwegians took on the men’s ski cross, but none made it through to the […]

First figure skating final in 50 years

A Swedish slip-up during the ladies’ short program on Wednesday night secured Norwegian figure skater Anne Line Gjersem a spot in Thursday’s free skating final. Gjersem, Norway’s first female Olympic figure skater in 50 years, held onto 24th place to just make the final cut. Gjersem scored 48.56 after her short program and looked like […]

High hopes for new ice princess

UPDATED: Anne Line Gjersem skips lightly over the ice, despite the heavy load of shouldering a country’s Olympic hopes. The 20-year-old is Norway’s first female figure skating Olympic qualifier since 1964, but showed few signs of feeling the pressure at the European Figure Skating Championships in Hungary this week. Gjersem scored 46.63 in the short […]