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Norwegian Olympians give Stoughton residents sense of pride

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 --- 9:30 p.m.

While most of us are cheering for Team USA in the winter Olympics, one Wisconsin town is also rooting for athletes who live across the pond.

Norway is once again at the top of the Sochi leader board with nine gold medals. In Stoughton, that's a big win for the small town.

"We have a very strong Scandinavian heritage here," said Carolyn Slaney, who's lived in Stoughton her entire life. She works at the Nordic Nook downtown, a store that sells all things Norwegian.

"They say that it resembles... a famous Norwegian store. We have visitors that come from Norway and they come in and look around and say, just like home," Slaney said.

In honor of the winter Olympics, she's also selling sweaters just like the ones the athletes are wearing.

"All the sweaters are made directly in Norway," Slaney said.

Slaney says they go fast, in part because of the Norwegians' talent on the slopes. "In general, people think of winter sports and Norway together."

"They do a great job with their winter athletes," said Mayor Donna Olson, who feels a sense of pride. She's gotten the opportunity to visit Stoughton's sister city of Jorvic, Norway.

"We are proud of our sister city and those in Norway that are doing a great job," Olson said. "The fun part about being in Stoughton is that we have two countries to be proud of, the athletes from Norway as well as the athletes from the United States."

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