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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 ...

The cradle of modern skisport

Photo: Hamish Moore

Morgedal is a small valley with a big claim to fame – Telemark skiing was born here When planning a trip to Norway, Morgedal isn’t a destination that often comes to mind. The name doesn’t sound as familiar to North American tourists as capital city Oslo, or coastal cities Bergen and Stavanger. But Morgedal should be ...

Skistua Hospitality Year Round

The Rita and Vidar Bakken run Løvlia Skistua. Their children Betina (12) and Brage (7) go to school in Åsa, about 13 km away. (Photo JE Stacy)

Løvlia is a cabin in the woods near Oslo with a lot to offer it's customers By John Erik Stacy 6 October 2011 The Bakken family own and run a business in the backwoods near Oslo: they are the hosts of Løvlia Skistua. Although the stua model is in some ways unique to Norway (the basic concept ...

Going for the glide

Friction – or the lack of it — in cross-country skiing events at Winter Olympic games in Vancouver is a decisive factor in who wins the gold, NTNU researchers explain. Fully seven of Norway's 11 Olympic medals to date have been won by residents of the small counties of Nord and Sør-Trondelag, which also happens to ...

Norway’s Bjørgen takes sprint gold

Norway's Marit Bjørgen won the Olympic Games women's sprint classic on Wednesday as World Cup leader Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland took silver. Slovenia's Petra Madjic, who was suffering from a painful rib injury, claimed bronze. Bjørgen was first home in a time of three mins 39.2sec with Kowalczyk second at 1.1sec behind and Majdic, who raced ...

Going for Olympic Gold — Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is one of the most demanding of all Olympic sports, with skiers propelling themselves at speeds that exceed 20-25 km per hour over distances as long as 50 km. Yet the difference between winners and losers in these grueling races can be decided by just the tip of a ski. Norway, with just 4.7 ...

Norway’s Northug flops in 15K; coach blames skis

Petter Northug. Source: Langrenn.com

British Columbia -- The bounce-back Olympics for Norway got off to a bad start when cross-country superstar Petter Northug quickly realized no amount of strength, speed or stamina could make up for his substandard skis. So, the 24-year-old World Cup leader who is the best Norwegian skier since the great Bjoern Daehlie cruised around the ...