‘Biathlon Park’ moves into Oslo

Oslo was geared up on Wednesday to welcome thousands of skiing fans and athletes for the third major winter sports event to be hosted in Norway in the past month. The Biathlon World Championships will run for the next week and a half, with events up in the hills at Holmenkollen and celebrations downtown. The latter was getting […]

Climate experts called in to save skiing

Norwegian sports officials are applying to host the Nordic Ski World Championships in Trondheim in 2021, even though the prospects for having enough snow are increasingly bleak. They’re seeking help from local climate experts to make sure they’ll be able to carry out the huge international competition, and ensure the future of a sport that […]

Northug’s gold rush over for now

Petter Northug was back on the front pages of most Norwegian newspapers on Monday, but for all the right reasons this time. The skier who performed badly last season and then crashed in a driving drunk spree ended up taking home four gold medals, while Norway itself celebrated its best Nordic World Ski Championships ever. Competition ended on […]

Johaug, ski jumpers mined more gold

Therese Johaug flew over the finish line after skiing 30 kilometers (18 miles) in just under an hour and 25 minutes, to win the gold medal in the final women’s event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Sweden on Saturday. Then she skied nearly another kilometer, just waving the Norwegian flag and enjoying the cheers of […]

Northug nails the gold again

Petter Northug anchored the Norwegian men’s ski team in the 10-kilometer relay at the world championships in Sweden on Friday and was first to cross the finish line, bringing Norway its eighth gold medal in the competition so far. The Norwegians beat their arch-rival Swedes in a dramatic and close finish. “You feel the pressure from […]

Norwegians win championship relay

Norway’s top women skiers redeemed themselves after crushing losses on Tuesday and won the women’s relay at the Nordic World Ski Championships on Thursday. Their victory was aided by a rival Swedish skier’s fall. “What a nightmare for (Maria) Rydqvist (of Sweden),” claimed commentator Jann Post on state broadcaster NRK as the race was carried live […]

Gløersen wins bronze, Northug gave up

Norwegian Anders Gløersen skied into third place in Wednesday’s 15-kilometer race for men at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, as another race ended with some surprise results in difficult conditions. Norway’s skiing star Petter Northug gave up when he realized he wouldn’t place among the top 15 skiers, and ended up in 62nd […]

Norwegian women lose badly in Falun

Norway’s superwomen had to face unusual defeat at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun on Tuesday, losing badly to Swedish skiing star Charlotte Kalla and two Americans. “Today we were not good enough,” the Norwegian in charge of the team’s ski preparation, Knut Nystad, told state broadcaster NRK. The Norwegians have dominated the World Championships […]

Bjørgen emerged a champ again, too

Norwegian ski queen Marit Bjørgen retained her crown on the opening day of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden on Thursday. She was the favourite once again, and she didn’t disappoint herself or her fans. Bjørgen was, however, almost completely overshadowed by fellow Norwegian Petter Northug, who made a spectacular comeback on the ski […]

World Cup finals fever hit Norway

Around 1.46 million Norwegians watched Sunday night’s FIFA World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, making it the most-watched football final since 1.5 million Norwegians saw Italy take on France in the 2000 European Championship final. While Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) and TV2 were thrilled with the audience numbers, legendary Norwegian coach Nils Arne Eggen said […]