Norway wins first Sochi Paralympics gold

Mariann Vestbøstad Marthinsen won Norway’s first gold medal at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi on Wednesday in the seated cross country ski sprint. Marthinsen triumphed in a close finish to cross the line just 0.1 of a second ahead of Tatyana McFadden from the USA. Marthinsen won all of the day’s heats, as well as […]

TV2 won on Olympic broadcasts

Norway’s nationwide commercial television channel TV2, which won the rights to broadcast the  Winter Olympics for the first time this year, reported strong ratings when it was all over. Nine Olympic events attracted more than a million viewers, a lot in a country of just 5 million people. “I’m glad and proud that TV2, in […]

Cheers died down on OL’s last day

Norway’s last day of Olympic competition didn’t elicit anywhere near the cheers of its first day, with the men’s cross-country team losing out to the stronger Russians in the tough, final 50-kilometer race. A lack of Norwegian spectators in the grandstands throughout the Olympics, meanwhile, has sparked more criticism of the country’s top sports bureaucrats. […]

Norway wins ALL the medals in 30K

A trio of unstoppable Norwegian skiers claimed the gold, the silver and the bronze medals in one of the toughest events at the Winter Olympics on Saturday – the endurance contest known as the 30-kilometer women’s mass start. Gold-medal winner Marit Bjørgen also became the best female Winter Olympian of all time, after winning more […]

Slalom sensation offset biathlon woes

“Thanks Mom! Thanks Dad! I’ll call home right away!” Those were among the first words from 19-year-old Norwegian alpine skier Henrik Kristoffersen when he faced the television cameras after becoming the youngest ever to win a medal in men’s alpine events at a Winter Olympics. His victory helped offset a bitter disappointment for Norway’s men’s […]

Speed skaters ‘collapsed’ in Sochi

Norway’s once-mighty speed skaters, both men and women, were heading home from the Olympics bitterly disappointed by their performance. Calls were issued, also by legendary skater Johann Olav Koss, for some major changes among skating officials and coaches. Koss sent out a message on social media that he wondered whether the leadership in the national […]

Norway’s bronze followed Ukraine gold

Norwegian skiers claimed yet another medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi on Friday, with their king and queen cheering in the stands. Their bronze medal, though, came after the Ukrainian women’s biathlon team won a gold medal that won cheers from everyone. “I hope this victory will provide some support for the Ukrainian people, […]

Ice princess wins hearts, not medals

Norway’s first female Olympic figure skater in 50 years was never going to be a medal hope after just scraping into Thursday’s finals, but Anne Line Gjersem was thrilled just to be out on the ice. Earlier in the day three Norwegians took on the men’s ski cross, but none made it through to the […]

Graabak grabs even more gold

Norway’s Jørgen Graabak held off Germany in a sprint to the finish line, securing the top podium position in the Nordic Combined Team Large Hill event at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday. It marked Norway’s 10th gold medal during the Winter Games, and only the second time Norway has won gold in the event that […]

Bjørndalen joins embattled IOC

Norway’s Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjørndalen has been voted into the athletes’ group of the much-criticized International Olympic Committee (IOC). It’s been widely speculated for months that Bjørndalen would become an IOC member, and he may now be called on to help reform the embattled organization. Norway’s athletics federation (Norges Idrettsforbund) announced in a press […]