No more ‘X Games’ in Oslo

Oslo taxpayers won’t be paying for another winter “X Games” this year, after city politicians turned down the organizers’ funding requests. The organizers are now trying to secure funding from the state instead. Oslo provided NOK 42 million (nearly USD  6 million at the time) for last year’s X Games, which also attracted a doping controversy. The city […]

ESPN to ‘evaluate’ its X Games in Oslo

US sports broadcaster ESPN and its local Norwegian partner, TV2, wrapped up coverage of their X Games “action sports” competition over the weekend and will “evaluate” a return to Oslo. ESPN still wouldn’t commit, however, to comply with a local demand to follow international drug testing rules during competition. That’s a question ESPN “will need to look into,” its […]

X Games open as doping fight rages

Skateboarders, snowboarders and skiers were to start competing at the X Games in Oslo on Thursday, amidst charges that organizers of the event have failed to comply with anti-doping rules and received financial support from the City of Oslo under false pretenses. One former Oslo politician involved claims the conflict is more about power, money and position […]

Doping critics blast X Games in Oslo

Norway’s anti-doping chief is calling on the City of Oslo to withdraw its financial support for the X Games action sports event set to begin in the Norwegian capital this week. The call comes a day after Norway’s national skiing federation broke its own agreement with the X Games organizer in Oslo, TV2, because of […]

Snow tourism ‘white gold’

Increasingly erratic snow coverage in the European Alps could prove a boon for Norwegian ski tourism. A group of competing resorts in Norway’s south have banded together to attract British charter flights direct to Fagernes for the first time, packed with snow-loving tourists. Leirin airport in Fagernes boasts the shortest transfer time from plane to […]

Acrobats took over Holmenkollen

UPDATED: The best snowboarders in the world, along with thousands of children, took over winter sports areas around Holmenkollen during the weekend, just days after the world’s best freestyle skiers moved on to Voss. The annual “Arctic Challenge” saw snowboarders flying off what some call the world’s “rawest” half-pipe. The event marked the half-pipe final […]

Snowboarding disappointment

Some of the world’s best snowboarders are in Oslo this week, competing in the World Snowboarding Championships 2012, but local disappointment kept popping up. One thing has been the lack of a main sponsor and slow ticket sales, and then a Norwegian gold medal favorite didn’t even make it to the semi-finals. Torstein Horgmo ruined […]

Hopeful world champs arrive in Oslo

Holmenkollen’s arenas and the hills above Oslo are coming alive once again with the sound of skiers, snowboarders and cheering fans, as the first of two major international competitions gets underway. First out is the IBU World Cup Biathlon, to be followed by the World Snowboarding Championships next week at nearby Oslo Winterpark at Tryvann. […]