I had a great authentic Norwegian experience yesterday. We had a staff meeting that was kept short so that we could watch the women's 4x5.0 km ski relay. Our whole department sat riveted, watching the Nordic World Skiing Championships on a big projector screen. Cheers of "Heia heia Marit!" and "Heia heia Kristin!" and "Å! Nei nei nei!" filled the room for the race. It was tense with Norway behind after the first leg, but the team made a comeback on the second leg and stretched the lead to over 30 seconds by the end of the race. It was Marit Bjørgen's fourth gold medal she earned in her four events at the competition, a first for Norway.
The United States finished far down the list. Friends consoled me by telling me "It doesn't matter, today you are Norwegian!"