This week marks the beginning of Oslo’s biggest sporting event in years. From 23 February to 6 March, Oslo will host the Nordic World Ski Championships. At least 650 athletes from more than 60 countries will compete. 300 000 spectators are expected – and hundreds of millions of TV viewers.
The World Championships feature 21 different events within various disciplines of cross-country skiing and ski jumping. Of course, with a huge event like this there will also be heaps of festivals and cultural activities.
All the sporting events will take place at the new Holmenkollen National Arena.
When Juan Samaranch, former leader of the International Olympic Committee, said the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics was the best Winter Olympics ever, Norwegians really took that to heart. So naturally the goal this time is to be the best skiing world championships ever.
This is also an opportunity for the women to make world-changing strides. According to an article in the Norwegian English-language website Views and News from Norway, the performance of women ski jumpers at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo … is likely to determine whether they’ll make it onto the Olympics.
Follow the official Nordic World Ski Championships website here
When Holmenkollen re-opened last year after restorations, popular local girl Annette Sagen was the first official jumper. Photo by Skiforbundet/flickr’s Creative Commons