ski vm, part 2

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just to prove my point about two-year-old skiers, less than 10 minutes after writing my last post I found a little promotional ski area set up by telenor outside the Nobel peace centre:

they even set up a little hill (to mimic a ski-jump?)–and all the kids were lining up to try it:

I then spent part of the afternoon watching the end of the last Ski VM event, the men’s 50-km freestyle, on the giant screen set up by VG on Karl Johan street. It was kinda exciting because two guys fell in the last kilometre. But no matter, Norway’s Petter Northug won again anyway.

VG screen in front of the Grand Hotel
melting sculptures on Karl Johan

ski vm 2011

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today is the last day of what is probably the event of the year in Oslo: the Nordic World Ski Championships. the mania on the streets is only understandable once you know that most Norwegians begin cross-country skiing at the age of 2 (and I’m not exaggerating here). only because Norwegians talk about it all the time did I discover that Canada won the team sprint event a few days ago (and apparently it’s the first time Canadians have won a medal in the world championships).

ah well, among all the giant snow and ice sculptures (with tons of Edvard Munch references) and cute protests against Statoil’s involvement in Canadian tar sands, my favourite photo is this display from Freia the chocolate company:

…which of course highlights the fact that a brand new ski jump in Holmenkollen was built specially for this event (amid some controversy concerning costs, as usual). but it is all worth it because it even has an online game!

landskampen billboard

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one last battle for the nation’s honour!
premieres Thursday

the most important is to beat the swedes!