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 […]

Skiing trophies finally arrive

Several of Norway’s winter sports stars have finally been receiving their crystal World Cup trophies this past week, not on winners’ podiums but in the mail. Their season ended abruptly when the Corona crisis hit hard last month, as did a few others’ careers on their national team. It was already a strange winter sports […]

Skiing extremists set new records

Unable to go skiing in the mountains because of anti-Corona bans on overnight stays, several overly eager skiers have gone to extremes in the local forests and hills around Oslo. Norway’s Aukland brothers, best known for winning Olympic gold and long-distance ski races, defied officials’ advice to just stay home and instead skied 516 kilometers […]

Skiers took crisis home from Tyrol

It isn’t migrants, refugees or terrorists who ended up posing the biggest threat and bringing the greatest crisis to Norway since World War II. It landed at airports around the country in early March, when more than 500 affluent Norwegians returned from skiing holidays in the Austrian alps of Tyrol and brought the Corona virus […]

Ski resorts shut down immediately

Four of Norway’s biggest and most popular alpine skiing resorts (Hemsedal, Trysil, Hafjell and Kvitfjell) shut down all their ski lifts on Thursday. The closures came after both local and national restrictions on outdoor sporting events were announced, in an effort to stop the spread of the Corona virus. Hemsedal was closed for the rest […]