Northug prepares for new ‘after-ski’

Norway’s bad boy of skiing, Petter Northug, has been unusually humble and self-deprecating in recent weeks, as his hopes for a comeback on the ski trails melt before his very eyes. He even admitted to things looking “hopeless” over the weekend, but he’s scoring some success as an author and gearing up for a new […]

Johaug braced for booing in Finland

Fresh from victory in her first cross-country race in more than two years, skier Therese Johaug is back at the top of her sport. She’s worried she may not get as warm a reception when the actual World Cup season starts in Finland this weekend, though, and she’s prepared that some spectators may even boo […]

Svindal wants to ski another season

Norway’s veteran downhill skiing star Axel Lund Svindal had some good news for fans this week, if not competitors. The 35-year-old alpine champion intends to take part in the upcoming racing season, and lunge out of the starting gate at Lake Louise in Canada late next month. Svindal plans to defy lingering effects of injuries […]

New book sends hikers into ‘marka’

SEE  THE VIDEO: Hundreds of the most avid hikers and skiers in the Oslo area flocked to a hillside in the valley of Sørkedalen last weekend. They’d been eagerly awaiting release of the local ski association’s new Kjentmannsmerket Handbook, full of 50 new destinations, to become even better kjent (acquainted) with the great and nearby outdoors known […]

Women skiers in sorrow again

Norway’s national women’s ski team was in sorrow once again this week, after learning that former racer Ida Eide, a good friend of star skier Therese Johaug, died of a heart attack after just turning 30. Former champion Vibeke Skofterud, meanwhile, was found to have consumed too much alcohol to be legally driving the water jet […]

Ski team members carried colleague’s casket

Funeral services were held on Thursday for former top Norwegian skier Vibeke Skofterud, with four of her national ski team members carrying her casket to her gravesite. Skiing stars Marit Bjørgen and Therese Johaug were among those tearfully serving as pall bearers. The Eidsberg church in Skofterud’s home county of Østfold, southeast of Oslo, was […]

Police probe death of former skiing star

UPDATED: Police say it may take several weeks to find out what led to the marine jet ski accident that killed Vibeke Skofterud during the weekend off the coast of Southern Norway. They were pointing on Monday, though, to darkness and high speed as probable causes after the body of the former World Champion cross-country […]

Northug can’t afford more trouble

Norway’s bad boy of skiing, Petter Northug, has been duly warned: His return this week to the national ski team must not be jeopardized either by bad behaviour or spending too much time training at high altitude. “There’s no doubt he drove himself hard at high altitudes,” Northug’s new coach, Arild Monsen, told state broadcaster […]

Bad weather spoils season’s last race

Norway’s traditional last ski race of the season this weekend, a mountain classic known as Skarverennet, was supposed to have been an eagerly anticipated battle of the superstars and a grand finale for Marit Bjørgen. Strong winds and poor visibility ended up cancelling it, also for the 12,200 others who had signed up to take […]

Skiing star Bjørgen goes out on top

UPDATED: Marit Bjørgen, who just became the most-winning Winter Olympian of all time, has decided to retire from professional cross-country skiing while she’s still the world’s reigning ski queen. She’ll ski her last race on Saturday in the Norwegian championships now underway in Alta. She was smiling and joked with reporters before another race on […]