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Oslo 2011

The World Championship in Oslo is over after 11 days with cross country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined (cross country skiing & ski jumping).

Norway ended up at the top of the medal tally with 20 medals; 8 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze.

NATION GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
Norway 8 6 6 20
Austria 7 2 1 10
Sweden 2 2 1 5
Germany 1 4 3 8
Finland 1 1 2 4
France 1 0 1 2
Canada 1 0 0 1
Poland 0 2 2 4
Russia 0 2 2 4
Italy 0 2 0 2
Slovenia 0 0 2 2
Switzerland 0 0 1 1

Source: Oslo2011


Has Oslo 2011 been a success?

The World Championship had its starting problems with a traffic chaos on Saturday, February 26. But it learnt from it, and the rest of the championship ran perfectly.

The attendance at the championship has been higher than expected, although on some days the weather let the spectators down and it was hard to see anything. This shows how much Norwegians love cross country skiing, ski jumping and the combination of the two. And the questions running through my mine in this moment is:

Should Norway bid to host another Winter Olympic Games?

It’s a lot of costs involved in hosting the Olympic Games. But it was a lot of money involved in hosting the World Championship too. Did Norway get anything back for the money they spent on the championship? Most of the viewers and spectators were Norwegian and Swedish. The FIS World Championship doesn’t get the coverage around the world as the Winter Olympic Games get. Maybe Norway would have been better off by not hosting the FIS World Championship but instead bid for hosting the Winter Olympic Games. Just a thought!

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