Norway’s gold rush goes on

The Norwegian women’s relay team mined even more gold at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (Ski-VM) on Thursday, winning the popular event known as stafett in Scandinavia. They were joined on the podium by Sweden and Finland, with all their prime ministers and royal families cheering along with the thousands of others in the […]

Two Canadians at Ski-VM

COMMENTARY: Lady Luck is shining down on me. I am Canadian, and out of two whole weeks of competition at the FIS World Ski Championships (Ski-VM) in Oslo, the day I had tickets was the day the Canadians would win gold. It was thrilling to watch, with Canada, Norway, Sweden and Finland toying with the […]

Great day for Canada in Norway

Canadian flags waved in downtown Oslo on Wednesday evening, after Canada’s men’s sprint team won an historic gold medal in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (Ski-VM) at Holmenkollen. The Canadians beat Norwegian skiing star Petter Northug, and called it “fantastic.” It was the first time a men’s sprint team had even made it onto […]

Drug tests not for the faint-hearted

The fans see glory heaped on the winners as they cross the finish line at the world championships. The doping test which comes after is far less glorious. Oslo-based newspaper Aftenposten tested the testing procedure itself, gaining unique insight into how it works and how degrading it can feel. On Tuesday, for example, Matti Heikkinen […]

Ski-VM action in town as well

Thousands of skiing enthusiasts have been in Oslo for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (Ski-VM) during the past week, and not all the action is taking place at the arenas or on the trails around Holmenkollen. The medals ceremonies have been taking place downtown every evening, while the surrounding urban area has been transformed […]

Hotels finally cash in on Ski-VM

Most hotels in the Oslo area were fully booked this week and through the end of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (Ski-VM) on Sunday. After a disappointing start to the championships, in terms of business, some hotels have now grabbed the chance to double their rates, reports newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). Hotels including Best […]

Critics blast government’s bombs

Norway’s left-center government unleashed two environmental bombs within 24 hours of each other this week, timed to explode when millions of Norwegians are both distracted and cheered by the Nordic World Ski Championships (Ski-VM) going on in Oslo. Now not only will controversial overhead power masts be built in Hardanger, but the long-awaited carbon capture […]

More medals even without Northug

Norway’s Eldar Rønning and Martin Johnsrud Sundby boosted their homeland’s medal count even higher on Tuesday when they won the silver and bronze medals in the men’s 15-kilometer classic race at Ski-VM 2011. The new world champion, though, comes from Finland. Matti Heikkinen of Finland was unbeatable, challenging Rønning to a tough duel through much […]

Bjørgen drops team sprint

Norwegian Marit Bjørgen, already dubbed the “queen” of the ongoing Nordic skiing world championships in Oslo, won’t be racing in the team sprint event on Wednesday. Bjørgen collapsed after crossing the finish line and winning her third gold medal on Monday, setting off concerns among her coaches, medical personnel and not least fans that she […]

Delayed fans to get ticket refunds

Thousands of angry and disappointed sports fans who got caught in public transport chaos over the weekend will be able to apply for ticket refunds for events they missed. The T-bane (metro) line serving the arenas at Holmenkollen being used for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (Ski-VM) failed to handle the crowds turning up […]