Thanks for the party, Holmenkollen

Eight days of competitions, 12 events, 20 new world champions, 135,000 happy spectators and endless cheers. It’s with sadness we have to face the fact that the Biathlon World Championships in Holmenkollen are over.

We’re looking back on some amazing days in winter capital Oslo, and Championships characterized by excitement, solidarity and outstanding sports achievements.–It’s been amazing to compete in front of one’s home crowd. It’s been like living in a dream,” says Tiril Eckhoff.It’s the third time Holmenkollen has hosted the Biathlon World Championships, and crowds have never been bigger in Holmenkollen since the Olympic Games in 1952. Fans from all over the world have thronged to the stands, and the celebrations they have taken part in and the sound of the Holmenkollen roar is something they’re not likely to forget. Oleksandr and Andriy from Ukraine are very happy they chose to visit Oslo.

–This has been the experience of a lifetime! The atmosphere is fantastic,” the Ukrainians say.

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1,350 thanks to the volunteers

It take a lot of planning to organize a world championships event, and CEO of the Biathlon World Championships, Per Bergerud, says it will take time to process all of the impressions.

–It feels a bit strange that it’s all over. But I’m very pleased with the organization and would particularly like to specially thank the 1,350 volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution. Without them there would have been no World Championships in Holmenkollen,” Bergerud says.

Dismantling everything starts on Monday, and it’s time to look ahead and not least start to look forward to the World Championships in Hochfilzen in 2017.

Thanks for the party, Holmenkollen. We’re already looking forward to the next time.

The World Championships in figures

  • 324 athletes from 34 different countries
  • 20 new world champions
  • 1,350 volunteers
  • 135,000 enthusiastic spectators
  • 450 media representatives
  • World Championships broadcasts in 25 countries
  • Around 20,000 litres of coffee
  • 3,500 buns sold and 2,500 hats sold
  • 9,600 pictures paying homage to Ole Einar Bjørndalen
  • Endless hugs and cheers of joy