Norway drops Klæbo appeal

UPDATED: Top Norwegian skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo had mostly experienced  victory, gold medals and admiration from fans all over the world, until last weekend. That’s when his controversial maneuver to get past arch rival Alexander Bolsjunov of Russia during the last race of the Nordic World Ski Championships ended with a disqualification that cost them […]

Skiing drama ends World Championships

Norway and Russia literally collided when the Nordic World Ski Championships ended Sunday with the tough men’s 50-kilometer race. The ensuing drama capped a week of triumph otherwise for Norway, which totally dominated the competition and collected 32 medals, only to leave with some bad feelings on all sides. The drama climaxed when Norwegian skiing star […]

More medals in ski jumping and relays

Norwegian winter sports stars kept mining more gold medals at the Nordic World Ski Championships this week. Some of the medals moved both the athletes and their coaches to tears. Skier Heidi Weng, for example, was so overcome with pride and joy after the Norwegian women’s team won relay gold at the Corona-plagued competition on […]

Gold rush continued for skiers

Norway’s winter sports stars had a day off along with all their rivals at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf on Monday. They could spend it admiring their piles of medals won during the weekend. The Norwegian skiers and ski jumpers were once again way ahead of the pack, with a total of 17 […]

Norway shines at World Championships

Norwegian skiers collected four medals right after competition began at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf on Thursday. Norway grabbed all three in the men’s sprint, while Maiken Caspersen Falla won silver in the women’s race. Johannes Høsflot Klæbo led the pack, winning gold by a solid margin. Norwegian teammate Erik Valne won silver […]

Oslo’s boss blasts World Cup plans

Oslo’s city government leader Raymond Johansen thinks it’s “crazy” to even think about hosting World Cup skiing competition at Holmenkollen in March, or an international football match either. He firmly rejects the state government’s support for sports officials’ plans to host such events, making it unlikely that skiers will be racing around or jumping at […]

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 […]