Hillary Clinton set for two-day Oslo visit

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive in Norway on Thursday evening for a two-day visit during which she will participate in a healthcare conference, meet survivors of the Utøya massacre and travel to Tromsø.

Hillary Clinton set for two-day Oslo visit
Hillary Clinton and Jonas Gahr Støre at a 2010 conference in Afghanistan (File photo: Bjørn Jahnsen/Utenriksdepartementet)

On Friday, Clinton will take part in a major healthcare seminar at Oslo City Hall.

“This is a subject that has engaged Clinton from day one, and we have met each other a number of times in connection with this issue,” Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labour Party) told news agency NTB last week.

At City Hall, Clinton will also meet young survivors of last summer’s shooting massacre on Utøya island.

Clinton then plans to travel north to Tromsø. Although the purpose of her visit to the city has not yet been made public, NTB learned that she will visit the Fram centre, the future home of the Arctic Council’s permanent secretariat.

Clinton’s trip to Norway forms part of her tour of countries in northern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Arriving in Norway from Copenhagen, Clinton will then travel to Stockholm before moving on to Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and, finally, Turkey.

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Norway seeks to wrestle old Olympic gold medals from US

Norwegian sports historians have unearthed documentation seeming to prove that two American gold medals in wrestling at the 1904 Olympic Games should in fact have been attributed to Norway.

Norway seeks to wrestle old Olympic gold medals from US
Unnamed competitors in a wrestling match at the 1904 Olympic Games (File photo).

Shortly after emigrating from Norway, wrestlers Charles Ericksen and Bernhoff Hansen grappled their way to gold for the United States at the St. Louis Games.

But sports historians Tom A Schanke and Arild Gjerde have now succeeded in digging up documents showing that the victorious pair should in fact have been competing for their original homeland, broadcaster NRK reports.

“The Norwegian Olympic Committee now has documentation that shows that the wrestlers were Norwegian citizens,” said Schanke.

“Consequently, we should have the two golds that have been attributed to the United States. Those are our golds. We want them, even if it was 108 years ago.”

Charles Ericksen’s naturalization certificate indicates that he did not become an American citizen until March 22nd 1905, Schanke said.

As for Bernhoff Hansen, he was registered as an “alien” and most likely never became a US citizen, Schanke said.

Both lived in New York and wrestled for a club called the Brooklyn Norwegier Turnverein.

Should the International Olympic Committee accept that an error was made, the two wrestlers would go down in history as Norway’s first ever gold medal winners. By rewriting the history books, the new development would also increase the country’s total Summer Games gold-medal haul from 58 to 60.