Bente Skari

Bente Skari, née Martinsen, (born 10 September 1972) is a Norwegian former cross-country skier. She is one of the most successful cross-country skiers ever.

Bente Skari
Country Norway
Born
Bente Martinsen

(1972-09-10) 10 September 1972 (age 48)
Nittedal, Akershus, Norway
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Ski clubNittedal IL
World Cup career
Seasons1992, 19942003
Individual wins42
Team wins5
Indiv. podiums60
Team podiums23
Indiv. starts147
Team starts27
Overall titles4 – (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003)
Discipline titles5 – (5 SP: 19982002)

CareerEdit

She won her first Olympic medals in 1998, and won her first gold medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics, coming from behind to beat the favourites Olga Danilova and Julija Tchepalova in the last kilometers of the 10 km classical event. She also won a bronze medal in 30 km classical as well as a silver medal in the relay.

Additionally, she won five gold medals (5 km: 1999, 10 km: 2001, 2003, and 15 km: 2001, 2003) from the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, as well as two silver (4 × 5 km relay: 1997, 2001) medals. She won the overall cross-country skiing World Cup four times before retiring after the 2003 season.

Skari also won the women's 30 km event at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 2003. In 2001, she received the Holmenkollen medal (shared with Adam Małysz and Thomas Alsgaard). Her father, Odd Martinsen, earned the Holmenkollen medal in 1969. They are the only father-daughter combination to ever win this prestigious honour.

In 1998, she won Tjejvasan.[1]

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011Edit

In 2007, Skari was named as the first woman race administrator in cross country skiing. She assisted in the 2007-08 Tour de Ski, working as an assistant technical delegate in the events held in the Czech Republic. This is part of the Norwegian Ski Federation's effort to promote more women in management positions in skiing.

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[2]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 5 medals – (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
 Year   Age   5 km  10 km  15 km  Pursuit  30 km   Sprint   4 × 5 km 
 relay 
1994 21 N/A 20 N/A
1998 25 Bronze N/A 6 9 N/A Silver
2002 29 N/A Gold 6 Bronze Silver

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 7 medals – (5 gold, 2 silver)
 Year   Age   5 km  10 km  15 km  Pursuit  30 km  Sprint   4 × 5 km 
 relay 
1995 22 N/A 13 N/A
1997 24 8 N/A 17 8 N/A Silver
1999 26 Gold N/A 8 DNF N/A 4
2001 28 N/A Gold Gold 5 CNX[a] 15 Silver
2003 30 N/A Gold Gold DNS
a. 1 Cancelled due to extremely cold weather.

World CupEdit

Season titlesEdit

  • 9 titles – (4 overall, 5 sprint)
Season
Discipline
1998 Sprint
1999 Overall
Sprint
2000 Overall
Sprint
2001 Sprint
2002 Overall
Sprint
2003 Overall

Season standingsEdit

 Season   Age  Overall Long Distance Sprint
1992 20 NC N/A N/A
1994 22 32 N/A N/A
1995 23 25 N/A N/A
1996 24 12 N/A N/A
1997 25 6 10 4
1998 26   10  
1999 27   13  
2000 28   5[a] 6[a]  
2001 29   N/A  
2002 30   N/A  
2003 31   N/A  
a. 1 5th in the Long Distance World Cup.
    2 6th in the Middle Distance World Cup.

Individual podiumsEdit

  • 42 victories
  • 60 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1  1996–97  18 December 1996   Oberstdorf, Germany 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
2 3 November 1997   Sunne, Sweden 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
3  1997–98  22 November 1997   Beitostølen, Norway 5 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
4 10 December 1997   Milan, Italy 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
5 13 December 1997   Val di Fiemme, Italy 5 km Individual C World Cup 1st
6 8 January 1998   Ramsau, Austria 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
7 9 January 1998   Ramsau, Austria 5 km Individual C World Cup 1st
8  1998–99  10 December 1998   Milan, Italy 0.6 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
9 13 December 1998   Toblach, Italy 10 km Pursuit C World Cup 1st
10 19 December 1998   Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
11 27 December 1998   Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
12 28 December 1998   Engelberg, Switzerland 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
13 29 December 1998   Kitzbühel, Austria 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
14 5 January 1999   Otepää, Estonia 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
15 9 January 1999   Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
16 22 February 1999   Ramsau, Austria 5 km Individual C World Championships[1] 1st
17 7 March 1999   Lahti, Finland 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
18 1999–00 27 November 1999   Kiruna, Sweden 5 km Individual C World Cup 1st
19 18 December 1999   Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
20 28 December 1999   Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
21 29 December 1999   Kitzbühel, Austria 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
22 12 January 2000   Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
23 28 February 2000   Stockholm, Sweden 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 1st
24 3 March 2000   Lahti, Finland 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
25 5 March 2000   Lahti, Finland 15 km Mass Start C World Cup 2nd
26 8 March 2000   Oslo, Norway 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 1st
27 17 March 2000   Bormio, Italy 5 km Individual C World Cup 1st
28 2000–01 25 November 2000   Beitostølen, Norway 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
29 16 December 2000   Brusson, Italy 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
30 20 December 2000   Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
31 28 December 2000   Engelberg, Switzerland 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
32 14 January 2001   Soldier Hollow, United States 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
33 1 February 2001   Asiago, Italy 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
34 10 February 2001   Otepää, Estonia 5 km Individual C World Cup 1st
35 7 March 2001   Oslo, Norway 1.0 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
36 10 March 2001   Oslo, Norway 30 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
37 18 March 2001   Falun, Sweden 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
38 2001–02 24 November 2001   Kuopio, Finland 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
39 8 December 2001   Cogne, Italy 5 km Individual C World Cup 1st
40 15 December 2001   Davos, Switzerland 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
41 19 December 2001   Asiago, Italy 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 1st
42 5 January 2002   Val di Fiemme, Italy 5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 2nd
43 8 January 2002   Val di Fiemme, Italy 15 km Mass Start C World Cup 1st
44 5 March 2002   Stockholm, Sweden 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 1st
45 13 March 2002   Oslo, Norway 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 1st
46 2002–03 30 November 2002   Kuusamo, Finland 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
47 7 December 2002   Davos, Switzerland 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
48 14 December 2002   Cogne, Italy 15 km Mass Start C World Cup 1st
49 15 December 2002   Cogne, Italy 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 1st
50 21 December 2002   Ramsau, Austria 5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 1st
51 12 January 2003   Otepää, Estonia 15 km Mass Start C World Cup 1st
52 18 January 2003   Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
53 25 January 2003   Oberhof, Germany 10 km Mass Start C World Cup 1st
54 15 February 2003   Asiago, Germany 5 km Individual C World Cup 1st
55 6 March 2003   Oslo, Norway 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 1st
56 8 March 2003   Oslo, Norway 30 km Individual C World Cup 1st
57 11 March 2003   Drammen, Norway 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 1st
58 16 March 2003   Lahti, Finland 10 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
59 20 March 2003   Borlänge, Sweden 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
60 22 March 2003   Falun, Sweden 5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 1st

Team podiumsEdit

  • 5 victories – (4 RL, 1 TS)
  • 23 podiums – (22 RL, 1 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1  1994–95  29 January 1995   Lahti, Finland 4 × 5 km Relay F World Cup 3rd Moen / Nilsen / Dybendahl-Hartz
2 7 February 1995   Hamar, Norway 4 × 3 km Relay F World Cup 2nd Moen / Nilsen / Dybendahl-Hartz
3  1995–96  14 January 1996   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 5 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Moen / Mikkelsplass / Dybendahl-Hartz
4 10 March 1996   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Mikkelsplass / Dybendahl-Hartz / Moen
5 17 March 1996   Oslo, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Mikkelsplass / Sorkmo / Moen
6  1996–97  24 November 1996   Kiruna, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Dybendahl-Hartz / Mikkelsplass / Moen
7 8 December 1996   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 5 km Relay C World Cup 1st Moen / Mikkelsplass / Dybendahl-Hartz
8 28 February 1997   Trondheim, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Championships[1] 2nd Mikkelsplass / Nilsen / Dybendahl-Hartz
9 9 March 1997   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Dybendahl-Hartz / Nilsen / Sorkmo
10  1997–98  23 November 1997   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Moen / Mikkelsplass / Dybendahl-Hartz
11 6 March 1998   Lahti, Finland 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Mikkelsplass / Nilsen / Dybendahl-Hartz
12  1998–99  28 November 1998   Muonio, Finland 4 × 5 km Relay F World Cup 3rd Nilsen / Moen / Sorkmo
13 10 January 1999   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Sorkmo / Moen / Nilsen
14 21 March 1999   Oslo, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C World Cup 3rd Glomsås / Nilsen / Moen
15  1999–00  28 November 1999   Kiruna, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay F World Cup 3rd Nilsen / Pedersen / Moen
16 8 December 1999   Asiago, Italy Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Moen
17 19 December 1999   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 5 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Moen / Glomsås / Nilsen
18 13 January 2000   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Moen / Nilsen / Sorkmo
19  2000–01  9 December 2000   Santa Caterina, Italy 4 × 3 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Bay / Nilsen / Pedersen
20 2001–02 16 December 2001   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Bay / Pedersen / Skofterud
21 2002–03 24 November 2002   Kiruna, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Moen / Sorkmo / Skofterud
22 8 December 2002   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Skofterud / Pedersen / Sorkmo
23 23 March 2003   Falun, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Moen / Pedersen / Steira
Source: [3]

Note: 1 Until the 1999 World Championships, World Championship races were included in the World Cup scoring system.

Overall recordEdit

Result Distance Races[a] Sprint Ski
Tours
Individual
Events
  Team Events[3] All Events
≤ 5 km[b] ≤ 10 km[b] ≤ 15 km[b] ≤ 30 km[b] ≥ 30 km[b] Pursuit[c] Team Sprint   Relay[d] Mixed Relay
1st place 8 11 3 1 2 17 42 1 4 47
2nd place 1 4 3 1 1 3 13 12 25
3rd place 2 1 2 5 6 11
Podiums 9 17 7 2 3 22 60 1 22 83
Top 10 16 24 13 5 7 25 90 1 26 1 118
Points 29 41 21 11 1 9 28 140 1 26 1 168
Others 1 1 2 2
DNF 1 1 1
Starts 30 41 22 11 2 9 28 143 1 26 1 171
a. 1 Classification is made according to FIS classification.
b. 1 2 3 4 5 Includes individual and mass start races.
c. 1 Includes pursuit and double pursuit races.
d. 1 May be incomplete due to lack of appropriate sources for some relay races prior to 1995/96 World Cup season.

Note: Until 1999 World Championships and 1994 Olympics, World Championship and Olympic races are part of the World Cup. Hence results from those races are included in the World Cup overall record.

Personal lifeEdit

Bente Skari was named Martinsen before marrying Geir Skari in 1999. She is the mother of three children, Filip, Oda and Selma.

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ "Tjejvasan" (PDF) (in Swedish). Vasloppet. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 3, 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. ^ "SKARI MARTINSEN Bente". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Bente Skari". SkiSport365. Retrieved 14 March 2018.