Category Archives: Sports

7-fjellsturen: a hike of seven mountains

Photo: Jan’s fotoside / Wikimedia Commons The view of Bergen’s Vågen bay from Mt Fløyen, one of the seven hills visited.

Bergen’s annual mountain hike rewards thousands with marvellous views of the city Molly Andrus Norwegian American Weekly Thousands of Norwegians are ready to take to the beautiful mountains of Bergen for a challenging journey on Sunday, May 25. The Seven Mountains Hike, called 7-fjellsturen in Norwegian, is an annual event organized by the Bergen Trekking Association (Bergen Turlag). Attracting ...

Post-Olympics 102: assume crash position

Photo: Jeff / Flickr Like any skill, falling can be mastered with a little practice.

Tips to help you fall safely, if not gracefully, from skis Donald V. Mehus New York Part One of this article, “Post-Olympics 2014,” which appeared in a previous issue of NAW, discussed skiing in Norway, with special attention to the seasonal grand finale of this sport at Eastertime. In the ten-day Easter period (this year it’s late, April ...

Ski Douchebags™

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The ultimate ski and snowboard bag isn’t what you might expect from the name Rasmus Falck Oslo, Norway Ski and snowboard enthusiasts travel more and carry increasingly advanced equipment. Why is it so hard to bring the equipment along? This was the start for two young entrepreneurs who broke that code. Practically before they had a prototype it ...

The fittest of them all: endurance athletes

Photo courtesy of Sportsnet.ca Marit Bjørgen and four other top finishers from the Skiathlon gasping for air after all-out effort.

Swimmers, marathon runners, and cyclists get the most credit for being fit, but cross-country skiers outdo them all Tom Rodgers Arlington, Texas Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fittest of them all? You may never have this conversation with the quicksilver on your wall, but many athletes are waking up today in Sochi, Russia and asking themselves ...

Marit Bjørgen’s doppelgänger cheers her on

Photo courtesy of Jaffrey Bagge Which one is the real one? Bagge is flattered by comparisons to Marit Bjørgen, who won the gold medal in crosscountry skiathlon at the Sochi Olympics.

Seattle woman is a dead ringer for Norway’s gold medal-winning skier--and her new biggest fan Staff Compilation TV2 Jaffrey Bagge (30) lives in Seattle, Washington, which is Bergen’s sister city. She works as a marketing director at her parents’ catering company and never goes skiing. When a Norwegian friend a while ago showed her pictures of Olympic star Marit ...

Let the Games Begin!

Photos: Kari Gilje & Mike Chiu Kari Gilje and her family enjoy the Olympic experience at the cross country ski venue in Whistler, BC.

The 22nd Winter Olympics are underway in Sochi Denise Leland Norwegian American Weekly As the opening ceremonies kicked off on Feb. 7th, the world is now turning its attention to Sochi. Thanks to the ease of internet technology, you can watch any and all events online, even as they are actually happening in Sochi. This is pretty amazing, ...

Lillehammer before “Lillyhammer”

Photo: Torstein Frogner/Wikimedia The Vikingskipet was built for Olympic speedskating but now hosts a wide array of events.

Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Did you know that the town of Lillehammer was seen on TV sets worldwide almost 20 years before former mafia boss Frank “The Fixer” relocated to this Norwegian town? In 1994, Lillehammer was a quiet charming hamlet hosting the Winter Olympics, and I got to attend. I have to confess that I only went ...

Women’s ski jumping ready to soar

Photo: Mht54321 / Wikimedia Jessica Jerome in flight at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Park City, UT. Along with Lindssey Van and Sarah Hendrickson, she’ll compete in the first Olympic women’s ski jumping event.

Among new Olympic events like freeskiing, snowboarding, team figureskating, and luge relay, women’s ski jumping readies to lift off at Sochi John Erik Stacy Norwegian American Weekly Girls and women have been ski-jumping since – well – since the invention of skis, probably. But until recently women were only seen as “exhibition” jumpers in premier competitions. At major ...

FLL Champions

Photo: Ove Røeggen FLL Champions in Hammerfest.  Photo: Ove Røeggen   from left: Dina Mølmann Hansen, Rasmus Rønning, Petter Brataas, Embla Kristiansen, In front from left: Marius Hagen, Ann-Kristin Schleis, Tonje Larsen

Hammerfest First Lego League team invited to World Festival in US Benedicte Schleis Hammerfest, Norway First Lego League (FLL) is an international competition whose purpose is to make science and math interesting to children and young people (ages 9-16). The theme of this year`s FLL challenge was “nature`s fury,” and the teams had to choose a natural disaster, ...

2012: The Year in Review

By Kelsey Larson Managing Editor It’s our last issue of the year, and with it we’d like to offer some reflections on the highlights of 2012. This year was an interesting one for Norway, as it tried to make sense of the tragedies of July 22, 2011, through Anders Behring Breivik’s trial. The country also went through ...