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Norway in 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Posted by on Feb 21, 2010 in Nature, Norway and the world, Traditions

For those of you who have been watching as much of the Olympics as I have, you may have noticed that Norway has gradually made her way up the ranks to 3rd in the overall medal count, behind Germany and the United States.  Norway has 12 medals, while Germany has 16, and the United States has a whopping 24.  Norway has 5 gullmedaljer, 3 sølvmedaljer, og 4 bronsemedaljer (5 gold medals, 3 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals). 

As I’m writing this post, I am watching Audun Groenvold of Norway lead the round in Ski Cross.  He took the bronsemedalje.  As most of you have probably gathered, nordmenn excel especially in skiing events.  Husker du?  Do you remember?  Nordmenn fødes på ski på beina (Norwegians are born with skis on their feet).   People love to joke about that.  But for real, I think I’ve said before, that I was passed by both old and young, male and female (and I consider myself an athletic person) when I gikk på ski (went skiing) in Norway.  So I understand the humor behind the joke because the statement might as well be true. 

Ok, as I’m sitting here recovering from a cold few days sailing in Tampa Bay (attempting to return to reality), I’m watching the Olympcs and surfing the internet for interesting stories about Norway in the Vancouver Olympics.  Check out the antrekk (attire) worn by the Norwegian men’s curling team.


In a sport where uniformer are typically mørke og kjedelige (dark and boring), these uniformer are quite flashy.  I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say they are fasjonable (fashionable), but certainly iøynefallende (eye-catching)!  If you want a pair too, it seems you can purchase them from a company called Loudmouth Golf for $89.95. 

In case that doesn’t interest you, perhaps imagining the 2018 Winter Olympics in Tromsø does?  The Norwegians are ecstatic that Sochi, Russia was chosen as the host for the 2014 Winter Olympics, because Sochi surely would have been a candidate for the 2018 winter games otherwise.  The Norwegians were also pleased that Sochi was chosen over Salzburg, Austria because had Salzburg been chosen, it would be unlikely that Norway would be a contender for the 2018 Winter Olympics due to the International Olympic Committee’s desire to spread the hosting cities out geographically. 

More to come on Norway in the Olympics this week!

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About the Author: kari

I attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where I majored in Norwegian and History. During college, I spent almost a year living in Oslo, Norway, where I attended the University of Oslo and completed an internship at the United States Embassy. I have worked for Concordia Language Villages as a pre-K Norwegian teacher and have taught an adult Norwegian language class. Right now, I keep up by writing this Norwegian blog for Transparent Language. Please read and share your thoughts! I will be continuing this blog from my future residence in the Norwegian arctic!