Skiers hail American winner

Norway’s national ski teams didn’t take part in the tough long-distance Tour de Ski this New Year, because of Corona infection concerns. The Norwegian skiers are nonetheless hailing the winner of the women’s race, Jessica Diggins of the US, even calling her “a blessing for the sport.” Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, who’s been knocked out of […]

Johaug cuts her ties to Huawei

Professional cross-country skier Therese Johaug seems to have given in to strong criticism and ended a “cooperation” deal she had with the Chinese communications giant Huawei. It’s been under fire for its alleged ties to the Chinese government and the facial recognition technology used to identify and persecute the Uyghur minority in China. Johaug and […]

Court sentences skier Northug to jail

Norway’s former champion skier Petter Northug was sentenced on Monday to seven months in prison by a court in Oslo that also revoked his driver’s license for the rest of his life. Northug, long known as the “bad boy” of skiing who loved to taunt his rivals, accepted his punishment and plans no appeal. The […]

Ski federation drops World Cup races

No Norwegian skiers will be competing in the next rounds of World Cup races in both Davos and Dresden. Corona infection fears are considered too high to risk the travel involved. Norges Skiforbund issued a press release Tuesday in which it stated that it also doesn’t expect any Norwegians to compete in the tough Tour […]

Corona spurs skiers to suspend races

A decision by champion cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo to drop upcoming World Cup races in Davos and Dresden sends “a dramatic signal,” claims commentator and former top skier Fredrik Aukland. Then Klæbo was joined by skier Emil Iversen in the effort to minimize Corona risk, forcing top skiing officials to re-evaluate the risks involved […]

Corona postpones Lillehammer World Cup

Norway’s national ski federation NSF confirmed on Thursday that it has to postpone a World Cup skiing and ski jumping competition at Lillehammer in early December. The reason, like for so many other international events: the Corona crisis. “Given the difficult times we’re in, the uncertainty and the consequences tied to Covid-19, Norway’s ski federation […]

‘Don’t downplay Corona illness’

Those who believe the Corona virus isn’t any worse than the flu “should have their heads examined,” claims top Norwegian jazz musician Nils Petter Molvær. Both he and Norway’s reigning World Cup skiing champion, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, recently fell ill with Covid-19 and are glad they lived to tell about it. “This is not any influensa, […]

Northug admits to being an ‘idiot’

Norway’s former ski champion Petter Northug admitted on Friday to having  a “serious” problem with alcohol, narcotics and pills tied to “hard partying” since ending his skiing career two years ago. Northug repeatedly described his behaviour and lust for “intense experiences” as “idiotic” at a nationally televised press conference in Trondheim. Northug’s candid admission and […]

Northug wins the sympathy card

Norway’s “bad boy of skiing,” Petter Northug, has proven himself worthy of the title once again after being caught speeding last Thursday night and in possession of cocaine. On Monday a former politician and researcher who now specializes in public affairs noted how Northug seems to be playing the sympathy card, and winning. The 34-year-old […]

Skier Johaug won on running

UPDATED: Norway’s cross-country skiing champion Therese Johaug has now become a track star as well. She proved her strength and sheer stamina at the so-called “Impossible Games” at Bislett Stadium in Oslo Thursday evening, qualifying for the World Championships by running 10,000 meters in 31 minutes and 49.6 seconds. Several other Norwegian athletes set records […]