Leader of the impressive Swedish ski cross team, Victor Oehling Norberg capped an emotional 2016/17 Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup season by taking the biggest win of his career, with a gutsy gold medal performance at the Sierra Nevada 2017 Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, adding that gold medal to a collection that also includes the 2013/14 ski cross crystal globe.
Oehling Norberg made waves on the ski cross World Cup when he jumped from 54th overall in 2011/12 to third overall in 2013/14, announcing to all that there was a new force to be reckoned with at the top of the ski cross world.
The understated skier followed that up by coming out in 2013/14 and taking top-10 results in eight of 11 events and claiming four podiums - including back-to-back second and third place finishes in Val Thorens (FRA) in January 2014 and a win on home soil in Are (SWE) - he made a strong case for himself as the best in the world even before he was awarded the crystal globe.
In 2014/15 he was oftentimes even better, claiming five podiums (including three straight victories in February) and a bronze medal at the Kreischberg 2015 World Ski Championships. However, three poor results in the final five races of the season insured he would not be able to defend his World Cup title, and he relinquished the globe to French star Jean Frederic Chapuis.
2015/16 saw Oehling Norberg start the season on an ominous note, as he was stretchered from the finish area of the first race in Montafon (AUT) after experiencing severe back pain at the end of his semi-final heat. Incredibly, he was able to return the next weekend and claim victory at the second of back-to-back races in Innichen/San Candido (ITA).
Unfortunately, his back pain persisted, and after a DNS in Watles (ITA) and a 25th-place result in Nakiska (CAN) it looked like his season might become a write-off.
Once again that would prove to be false, however, and he would be able to recover impressively once again, finishing the final four competitions of the season with two podiums - including a gutsy win on home soil in Idre Fjall (SWE) - and ending up an almost-miraculous fourth overall on the final ski cross World Cup rankings.
With his understated intensity, powerful technique, and versatility, Oehling Norberg is one of the most formidable forces on for the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup tour.