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Full nameIdrottslaget i Bondeungdomslaget i Oslo
Founded8 January 1913
Ground Bislett stadion

Idrottslaget i Bondeungdomslaget i Oslo (also BUL, Oslo) is a sports club in Oslo, Norway, founded on 8 January 1913. It is one of several branches of Bondeungdomslaget i Oslo, a local chapter of Noregs Mållag and Noregs Ungdomslag. [1]

Oslo Place in Østlandet, Norway

Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence, and with Sweden from 1814 to 1905 it functioned as a co-official capital. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city's name was spelled Kristiania between 1877 and 1897 by state and municipal authorities. In 1925 the city was renamed Oslo.

Noregs Mållag is the main organisation for Norwegian Nynorsk, one of the two official written standards of the Norwegian language. In the Norwegian language conflict, it advocates the use of Nynorsk. It has about 12,000 individual members and consists of approximately 200 local groups, including the youth organisation, Norsk Målungdom.

Noregs Ungdomslag is a Norwegian cultural society formed in 1896. It has around 17,000 members and 450 local chapters.


IL i BUL has sections for track and field athletics and skiing, and has previously been active in orienteering, football and handball. [1]

Skiing Recreational activity and sport using skis

Skiing can be a means of transport, a recreational activity or a competitive winter sport in which the participant uses skis to glide on snow. Many types of competitive skiing events are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the International Ski Federation (FIS).

Orienteering Group of sports that requires navigational skills

Orienteering is a group of sports that require navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain whilst moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points. Originally a training exercise in land navigation for military officers, orienteering has developed many variations. Among these, the oldest and the most popular is foot orienteering. For the purposes of this article, foot orienteering serves as a point of departure for discussion of all other variations, but almost any sport that involves racing against a clock and requires navigation with a map is a type of orienteering.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Track and field

BUL is one of the leading track and field clubs in Norway. Well known athletes are the long distance runners Ingrid Kristiansen [2] (World Champion in 1987), Thor Helland, Knut Brustad, Øyvind Dahl and Moroccan citizens Khalid Skah (Olympic Champion in 1992) and Abderrahim Goumri. Sprinters include Jaysuma Saidy Ndure and Ezinne Okparaebo, jumpers include Hanne Haugland and Astrid Tveit, and throwers include Stein Haugen and Einar Kristian Tveitå.

Ingrid Kristiansen Norwegian marathon runner

Ingrid Kristiansen is a Norwegian former athlete. She was one of the best female long distance runners during the 1980s. She is a former world record holder in the 5000 metres, 10,000 metres, the half-marathon and the marathon and was a World Champion on the track, roads and cross-country. Kristiansen was the first athlete to win World titles on all three surfaces. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, she finished fourth in the first women's Olympic marathon. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, she dropped out of the 10,000 metres final while leading. Early in her career, she was also an elite cross country skier, winning several Norwegian titles and a European junior championship.

Thor Helland was a Norwegian long-distance runner who specialized in the 5000 metres.

Knut Brustad is a former Norwegian middle distance runner who specialized in the 800 and 1500 metres. He represented Frosta IL and IL i BUL during his active career.

In 1965 BUL co-formed Bislett-alliansen, together with two other sports clubs, IK Tjalve and SK Vidar, and since 1966 this group has organized the annual Bislett Games, an IAAF event. [3]

Idrettsklubben Tjalve is a Norwegian athletics club from Oslo, founded on 27 December 1890. It is named after Þjálfi in Norse mythology.

SK Vidar Norwegian sports club

Sportsklubben Vidar is a Norwegian sports club from Oslo. It has sections for track and field, triathlon and archery.

Bislett Games athletics tournament held in Norway

The Bislett Games is an annual track and field meeting at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway. Previously one of the IAAF Golden League events, it is now part of the IAAF Diamond League. It is sponsored by ExxonMobil and officially known as the ExxonMobil Bislett Games.


BUL, Oslo won the first Norwegian relay championship in Orienteering in 1946. They also won the men's relay in 1967, 1968, 1969, 1974 and 1975, and the women's relay in 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972. Among the club's international orienteers are World Champions Åge Hadler, Ola Skarholt, Ingrid Hadler and Astrid Rødmyr.

Åge Hadler Norwegian orienteer

Åge Hadler is a Norwegian orienteering competitor, winner of the 1966 and 1972 individual World Orienteering Championships, relay champion from 1970, and individual bronze medalist from 1968.

Ola Skarholt, was a Norwegian orienteering competitor. He became Relay World Champion in 1970 as a member of the Norwegian winning team, which also consisted of Stig Berge, Per Fosser and Åge Hadler. Skarholt placed forth in the individual contest.

Ingrid Hadler is a Norwegian orienteering competitor. She won the 1970 Individual World Orienteering Championships in Eisenach, and received a silver medal in Linköping in 1968. World champion Relay 1968, silver medal 1974, and bronze medal 1966 and 1970.


Among the skiers who have competed for IL i BUL, are cross-country skiers Johan Grøttumsbråten [4] and Odd Martinsen, both Olympic Champions and World Champions, Bjarne Iversen, [5] Henry Hermansen, [6] Heidi Weng [7] and ski jumper Sigurd Sollid.

Cross-country skiing form of snow skiing

Cross-country skiing is a form of skiing where skiers rely on their own locomotion to move across snow-covered terrain, rather than using ski lifts or other forms of assistance. Cross-country skiing is widely practiced as a sport and recreational activity; however, some still use it as a means of transportation. Variants of cross-country skiing are adapted to a range of terrain which spans unimproved, sometimes mountainous terrain to groomed courses that are specifically designed for the sport.

Johan Grøttumsbråten cross-country skier

Johan Hagbart Pedersen Grøttumsbraaten was a Norwegian skier who competed in Nordic combined and cross-country. Dominating both events in the 1920s and early 1930s, he won several medals in the early Winter Olympics. Most notably, he won two gold medals at the 1928 Winter Olympics, and as one of the only two entrants to win two gold medalists from St. Moritz, was the most successful athlete there, along with Clas Thunberg of Finland. He previously won three medals at the inaugural Winter Olympics held in Chamonix in 1924, and went on to defend his Olympic Nordic Combined at the 1932 Winter Olympics.

Odd Martinsen cross-country skier

Odd-Willy Martinsen is a retired Norwegian cross-country skier who competed during the 1960s and 1970s. He won three medals at the Winter Olympics, a gold in the 4×10 km relay (1968) and silvers in the 30 km (1968) and the 4×10 km relay (1976). Martinsen won five medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, a gold in the 4×10 km relay (1966), a silver in the 15 km (1970), and bronzes in the 15 km (1966), 30 km (1970), and 4×10 km relay (1974). At the 1969 Holmenkollen ski festival, he won the 15 km race. For his cross-country skiing successes in Norway and abroad, Martinsen received the Holmenkollen medal in 1969. Thirty-two years later, his daughter, Bente Skari, received the Holmenkollen medal, making them the only father-daughter combination to ever win the prestigious honor.


The football team was among the pioneers of women's football in Norway. The women's team played in the highest league in Norway as late as in 1991. It is now defunct.

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  2. "Profile: Ingrid Kristiansen". Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  3. "Friidrettsstevner på Bislett" (in Norwegian). Bislettalliansen. Retrieved 26 February 2009.
  4. "Profile: Johan Grøttumsbraaten". Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  5. "Profile: Bjarne Iversen". Archived from the original on 18 March 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  6. "Profile: Henry Hermansen". Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  7. Heidi Weng at the International Ski Federation