Jubilation in Nordic country of 5.3 million at groups 39 medals, eclipsing haul by United States with a population 60 times larger
F# SEEEE or a fortnight every 4 years, Norway does not operate with its traditional Scandinavian effectiveness. Call go briefly unanswered; discussions drift, mid-sentence, into silence; class empty.
“It’s typical, I believe,” stated Christina Nygard, a marketing supervisor in Oslo. “This is our minute, when we can reveal the world what we are. Without boasting too much about it, of course. That would not be extremely Norwegian.”
But when Marit Bjrgen stormed to success in the females’s 30km cross-country on the last day of the Pyeongchang Games, up until now ahead of the field that nobody else on the course might even see her, Norway might be forgiven for boasting a little.
Not just had Bjrgen, with her 15th medal, end up being the most embellished professional athlete in Winter Olympics history (the 3rd and 2nd on the list, biathlete Ole Einar Bjrndalen and the famous 1990s skier Bjrn Dhlie, are likewise Norwegian).