‘Secret’ IOC demands stir suspicion

Norway’s national athletics federation (Norges Idrettsforbund, NIF) has received a 7,000-page list from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), setting out the requirements Oslo would need to meet in a potential bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics (referred to in Norway as simply ‘OL’). The IOC said the contents are classified but on Thursday, Norwegian […]

First figure skating final in 50 years

A Swedish slip-up during the ladies’ short program on Wednesday night secured Norwegian figure skater Anne Line Gjersem a spot in Thursday’s free skating final. Gjersem, Norway’s first female Olympic figure skater in 50 years, held onto 24th place to just make the final cut. Gjersem scored 48.56 after her short program and looked like […]

Bjørndalen greatest winter Olympian

UPDATED: Veteran athlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen became the most successful winter Olympian in history on Wednesday afternoon, when Norway clinched the gold medal in the biathlon mixed relay. The 40-year-old surpassed the record holder, Norwegian cross country legend Bjørn Dæhlie, with a medal haul of eight gold, four silver and one bronze. “It feels completely […]

‘Golden girls’ win team sprint

Norwegian cross country skiers Marit Bjørgen and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg were unstoppable in the women’s classic team sprint final at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday, powering home to take the gold medal. There was no joy for the men however, who finished fourth in a controversial showdown. In the ladies’ sprint, Østberg took the lead […]

Ice hockey team knocked out of Olympics

Norway’s struggling ice hockey team lost another match on Tuesday, knocking them out of further  Olympic action for good. The national team didn’t win a single match during their Olympic participation, and ended it by losing 4-0 to host team Russia. “I’m first and foremost disappointed that we haven’t done well,” player Ole-Kristian Tollefsen told […]

From crisis to cake iced in gold

Norway’s medal drought and anguish over sticky skis turned into a torrent of  cheers and celebratory cake at the Winter Olympics in Sochi on Tuesday. First Emil Hegle Svendsen won gold in a major if delayed biathlon event, and then Norwegians won both gold and silver medals in the sport that combines ski jumping with […]

Curling characters may call it quits

Perhaps they got too big for their britches. After winning the silver medal at the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and international fame as well, Norway’s colourful curling characters now say they may give up their sport after losing another critical match in Sochi on Tuesday. That effectively threw them out of further Olympic action. […]

Eckhoff’s bronze can boost confidence

After Norway’s biathlon queen Tora Berger fell during Monday’s competition in Sochi, 23-year-old  Tiril Eckhoff neatly stepped in to win at least a bronze medal. She was thrilled, and gave full credit to the crews who prepared and waxed her skis. “If it hadn’t been for them, I wouldn’t have won,” Eckhoff told state broadcaster […]

Svindal, Jacobsen head for home

UPDATED: Norway’s alpine skiing superstar Aksel Lund Svindal has decided to drop out of the rest of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, after admitting that he just doesn’t feel up to top competition right now. Cross-country skier Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, whose brother died the day before the Olympics began, is heading home, too. Svindal, who […]

Skiers need ‘to learn how to lose’

NEWS ANALYSIS: As the debate wore on Monday over why Norway’s top skiers have suddenly been performing relatively poorly at the Winter Olympics, a sports reporter and commentator for newspaper Aftenposten shared an interesting experence in his hunt for answers. It led him to conclude that Norwegian athletes, at least the cross-country skiers, haven’t learned […]