Oslo, Trønder folks most eager to ski

Most Norwegians still enjoy heading out on a ski trip, especially those living in Oslo and the country’s central region of Trøndelag. New figures from state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) indicates, however, that the classic winter sport has become somewhat less popular in recent years. SSB compared responses for the years 2011, 2014 and […]

NRK loses rights to air winter sports

State-financed Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) couldn’t bid high enough to secure the Nordic broadcasting rights to large portions of World Cup and World Championship winter sports competition from 2021. NRK has thus lost the rights to air around 40 percent of Norway’s skiing star’s performances, after commercial interests prevailed over national public broadcasting. “We are of […]

New conflict hits men’s ski team

Norway’s men’s alpine ski team is dealing with another conflict, after all the members of its health care staff filed a complaint about head coach Christian Mitter. They claim his leadership style is so tough that they’re all threatening to quit. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Tuesday that Mitter is accused of ridiculing and freezing out […]

Skiers grab new World Cup trophies

Norwegian cross-country skiers swept the World Cup rankings once again when the season officially ended in Canada over the weekend. The winner of the women’s overall World Cup even went to a Norwegian who isn’t Therese Johaug. Johaug, who made a brilliant comeback this season after a controversial doping suspension, was already assured of winning […]

Skier takes federation back to court

Alpine skier Henrik Kristoffersen swapped his ski gear for a shirt and jacket on Tuesday, to head back into an Oslo court. He’s suing Norway’s national skiing federation to allow him to adorn his helmet with a private sponsor, instead of having to advertise for the national team’s sponsor. Kristoffersen insists he’s not being greedy […]

High court rejects reckless skiing appeal

Norway’s Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a 19-year-old skier who crashed into a young girl on an alpine slope and injured her for life. The 19-year-old was sentenced to 18 days in jail and ordered to pay NOK 75,000 after the reckless skiing incident in Telemark in February 2017. The victim […]

Holmenkollen ends with sighs of relief

Organizers of what’s now called the annual “Skifest” at Holmenkollen could heave a sigh of relief on Monday. They avoided the serious crowd control problems of last year and Norwegians won more medals, but turnout was relatively low despite brilliant sunshine on Sunday. Police reported that only around 10,000 people were in and around the […]

Police tackle chaos at Holmenkollen

Tens of thousands of winter sports fans are expected to head up to the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Oslo this weekend, not least to see many of the new skiing- and ski-jumping World Champions in action. Organizers, police and transport officials aim to avoid the chaos that erupted at least year’s so-called “Skifest,” through better […]

Skier Klæbo sentenced

Norwegian skiing sensation Johannes Høsflot Klæbo won lots of medals last week, but came home from the World Championships in Austria  to face a day in court this week. On Wednesday he lost his driver’s license, was sentenced to a 16-day suspended jail term and ordered to pay a hefty fine after a traffic accident […]

Norwegians set a new gold standard

Norway ended an historic performance at the Nordic World Ski Championships over the weekend with yet another gold medal, this time won by the men’s long-distance skier Hans Christer Holund. It brought Norway’s final gold medal count up to a record 13, and a total record medal count of 25. “It was a dream ending,” […]