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,” […]

Norwegian relay teams won and ‘lost’

Norwegian sports fans were jubilant once again heading into the weekend, after  their men’s relay team won over Russia and France to grab yet another gold medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Austria. The Norwegian women’s relay team didn’t do quite as well, placing second behind Sweden the day before. The men’s […]

Gold rush rolls on for Norway’s skiers

Maren Lundby’s gold medal in women’s ski jumping on Wednesday kept Norway firmly in the lead at the World Championships in Seefeld, Austria. So did Martin Johnsrud Sundby’s more surprising gold in the men’s 15-kilometer race earlier in the day, after even more gold was mined on Tuesday. Norway continued to utterly dominate the FIS […]

Record warmth ‘frightening’

Thermometers hit nearly 19C (around 67F) in some parts of Southern Norway on Tuesday, setting off a winter heat wave that both meteorologists and farmers are calling “frightening.” The warmth set new records for February, but it’s not being warmly received. “Something is very wrong,” Gurine Seland, a farmer in Aust-Agder, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

Questions, protests fly over Bond film

Norwegian environmentalists have been both shaken and stirred into action by the prospect of a new James Bond film being shot in the usually quiet hills and forests of Nordmarka, just north of Oslo. They don’t like how production crews are already cordoning off areas usually open to skiers, and constructing a wooden building that […]

Johaug cried again, for joy this time

Norway was leading the gold rush at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Austria after the weekend, and among the Norwegian winners was Therese Johaug. She made a golden comeback from her doping suspension, while teammates won more medals as well. Two years after sobbing and pounding a table in anger over her use of […]

Kristoffersen off training alone

The recent alpine skiing World Championships seemed to end on a slightly sour note for Norway last weekend, after confirmation that skier Henrik Kristoffersen had stirred up more bad feelings within the men’s ski team. He won a long-sought gold medal in the grand slalom, but also had landed in so much conflict with the […]

Championships off to a golden start

Norway’s national anthem was played after both opening races at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld, Austria on Thursday. Norwegian skiers won both gold medals in both the men’s and women’s sprints, with another Norwegian picking up a bronze medal as well. Some sports commentators have predicted that Norway will win 11 gold medals, […]

‘Winter holiday’ is the new Easter

The first week of Norway’s traditional winter holiday began on Monday, but with temperatures well above the freezing point even in many mountain areas, it’s resembling spring much more than winter. Some are calling it “the new Easter,” which itself comes so late this year that many may be heading abroad instead of out skiing. […]