Norway wins gold in speed skating

“Thank you Sverre Lunde Pedersen! Thank you Håvard Bøkko! Thank you Simen Spieler Nilsen!” shrieked speed skating commentator Carl Andreas Wold after Norway’s men’s speed skating team won the Men’s Team Pursuit at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday. Not only that: They set a new Olympic record in the semi-final that knocked out the reigning […]

Even more gold for skater, ski jumpers

Norway won its first-ever Olympic gold medal in team ski jumping on Monday, and its first gold in the 500-meter speed skating event in 70 years. The victories added to the country’s already impressive haul at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, after having claimed 28 medals as of Monday evening, ahead of Germany with […]

Coach loses contract but wins apology

Jarle Pedersen, the outgoing coach of the Norwegian speed skating team, lashed out at the Skating Federation (Norges Skøyteforbund) on Wednesday over the very public handling of his removal from the role. The federation’s president apologized on Thursday, admitting it was unprofessional to start discussing Pedersen’s replacement in the media before even speaking with the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beaten on slopes, trails and tracks

UPDATED: Norway’s Olympic team suffered more devastating blows over the weekend, also after the ladies’ cross-country gold medal favourites limped home to a disappointing fifth-place finish. There were no silver linings to be found in the day’s other events, as the Norwegians also failed to medal in the Super-G downhill skiing, speed skating and large […]

Speed skaters failed to shine

Norway hosted the European Championships in speed skating in the iconic Vikingskipet arena in Hamar over the weekend, but the event failed to generate large crowds or any overall gold medals. Some were worried that public interest in speed skating has sunk to new lows. Advance ticket sales were slow and there were lots of […]

Bøkko wins a surprise bronze medal

Norwegian speed skater Håvard Bøkko had a less-than-ideal warm-up for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He was long considered one of Norway’s top medal contenders, but last fall, his outspoken coach Peter Mueller made some less-than-flattering remarks about another female speed skater, Maren Haugli, and Mueller was fired for alleged harassment. Bøkko, who had a close […]