Bli kjent med…Famous Olympic Skiers
Published: February 24, 2010
Norwegians are a powerhouse...especially when it comes to skiing. Two skiers in particular stand out in the records of two different sports. Bjørn Dæhlie is the most decorated winter olympian of all time. Dæhlie hails from Elverum and and is considered the greatest cross-country skier of all time. He started his competitive skiing career at the age of 14 and specialized in the Nordic combined event. At the age of 16 he switched his focus to cross-country. He attended the 1988 winter games in Calgary but did not qualify for any distance of competition. In his Olympic career he earned a total of twelve medals, 4 silvers and an amazing 8 gold medals! He competed in the '92, '94, and '98 winter games. During the 1990's, he won 47 of the 147 races that he competed in. Dæhlie could have gone even further in the sport had he not been forced to retire due to a back injury caused while he was training on roller skis. Dæhlie now has his own line, Bjørn Dæhlie Technical Wear and is now part of Bj sports, which is now the leading brand in nordic skiing. If you have been watching the competition, you have probably seen the logo on many of the athletes gear. You will definitely see the Bj logo on the uniform of the other outstanding Norwegian Olympian who is competing in the Vancouver games right now. Ole Einar Bjørndalen is a biathlete who was born in Drammen and is known as the Biathlon King. In 1993, at the age of 19, Bjørndalen became the first biathlete ever to win a grand slam by winning all 3 possible gold medals on the Junior Biathlon World Championships. He is also the only biathlete to win all four biathlon events in a single Winter Olympics. In 2002, at the Salt Lake City games, Bjørndalen took gold in the sprint, pursuit, individual, and relay events. He now has 10 Olympic medals to his name (5 gold, 4 silver, and 1 bronze). In all of his competitions he has finished 112 in first place, 60 in second, and 34 in third. Bjørndalen also claims a very rare bronze...a bronze statue of himself that was created by Kristen Kokkin. The statue can be found in the town of Simostranda in Norway. Check back weekly for more bios of famous Norwegians throughout history and modern day.