Letting Children Develop At Their Own Pace
At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Norwegian athletes stood on the podium more times than any other nation. How did a nation with a tiny population (5million) dominate in so many sports? Norwegian athletes took home medals in: alpine, x-country and freestyle skiing, ski jumping, biathlon, speed skating, and even curling. Now consider that Norway sent just 109 athletes to PyeongChang: a team with less than half of America’s Olympic workforce yet won almost twice the number of medals.
But the success of Norwegian athletes is not limited to winter sports. Norwegian athletes can be found equally dominating in summer sports: Kartsen Warholm is the current Olympic and World Champion in the 400m hurdles, the three Ingebrigtsen brothers (Jakob, Filip, & Henrik) are dominant competitors at Diamond League and World level track events ranging from the 1,500 to the 5,000m. Edvald Boasson Hagen, Alexander Kristoff and Thor Hushovd are all UCI WorldTour level cyclists each with stage wins at the Tour de France. And lets not forget about the sport of triathlon… Casper Stornes, Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden are all top level ITU level athletes, with Gustav Iden also being the 70.3 Ironman 2019 World Champion.
How is the tiny nation of Norway producing consistently athletes who dominant not only in one sport, but across multiple winter and summer sports?