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Norway spruced up to tap into a rich seam of talent

Dermot Gilleece


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Viktor Hovland in action in San Diego, California. Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Viktor Hovland in action in San Diego, California. Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Viktor Hovland in action in San Diego, California. Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

During decades of observing world sport, it wouldn’t be unkind to suggest that Norway was among those nations which did little to excite my imagination.

While admiring its famous explorers, the country’s sporting relevance would have been limited largely as the birthplace of Sonja Henie, a three-time Olympic figure-skating champion who found international fame in Hollywood.


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