Record crowd at Medal Plaza

Record numbers of spectators amassed at the University Square on Saturday night to see the Norwegian men’s relay team accept their well-deserved gold medal.

–We’ll start with the gold medal of music, Marte Stokstad said to introduce Bjørn Eidsvåg, who had the honour of opening the magical night.Norway’s much-loved Bjørn Eidsvåg got the evening off to a good start with ‘To små planeter,’ before proceeding with the hits ‘Skyfri himmel,’ Mysteriet deg’ and ‘Alt du vil ha,’ resulting in a sing-along at Medal Plaza. Subsequently Numa Edema entertained the crowd before Fleur East, making their debut in Norway, fired up the mood with a spectacular stage production on Saturday night.

The crowd was ‘captured by Carola’
–Congratualtions Norway, I love you, Carola proclaimed at Saturday’s performance.

Carola Maria Häggkvist (49) had her breakthrough at the tender age of 16 at the international Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Främling.’ On Saturday night she performed her debut song for a packed Medal Plaza, along with other hits such as ‘Tommy tycker om mig’ and ‘Mickey,’ before concluding the concert at Medal Plaza with the iconic song ‘Fångad av en stormvind’ to the crowd’s immense pleasure.

Proud golden guys on the podium
In yesterday’s nerve-wracking relay, it was Emil Hegle Svendsen who skied the final leg for the Norwegian men, and who crossed the finish line victorious ahead of Germany’s Simon Schempp.

On Saturday night the University square was packed with 25,000 people wanting to congratulate, support and applaud the Norwegian team. The atmosphere, when the elated guys proudly climbed the podium to be handed the gold medals, was both electric and magic. A huge red, white and blue crowd sang along to ‘Ja, vi elsker,’ while the Norwegian flag was hoisted to the top of the flagpole.

Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who won Norway’s third gold medal of the Championships along with the Bø brothers and Emil Hegle Svendsen, praised the crowd at the final medal ceremony at Medal Plaza.

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–It was completely amazing, almost as good as during today’s race, you helped us win our World Championships gold medal, and that’s incredible, Bjørndalen with a huge grin and his 43rd medal around his neck.

–It’s incredible that there are so many people here, we really appreciate it. This day has just been a dream,” a humble Hegle Svendsen exclaimed.