Odd Martinsen

Odd-Willy Martinsen (born 20 December 1942) 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.[1]

Odd Martinsen
Odd Martinsen 1963.jpg
Martinsen in 1963
Personal information
Born20 December 1942 (1942-12-20) (age 77)
Drammen, Norway
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)
Sport
SportCross-country skiing
ClubNittedal IL

Domestically Martinsen won Norwegian titles in the 15 km (1966, 1970), 30 km (1969, 1971) and 4 × 10 km relay (1970, 1972–1975, 1978). After retiring from competitions he became a skiing official and headed the FIS cross-country committee in 1986–2002. At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, he served as chief of the cross-country skiing competitions. He also founded the ski firm Finor AS, which was later run by his daughter and son.[1]

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

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

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 3 medals – (1 gold, 2 silver)
 Year   Age   15 km  30 km  50 km  4 × 10 km 
 relay 
1968 25 8 Silver 18 Gold
1976 33 8 9 Silver

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 5 medals – (1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze)
 Year   Age   15 km  30 km  50 km  4 × 10 km 
 relay 
1966 23 Bronze Gold
1970 27 Silver Bronze 4
1974 31 33 Bronze
1978 35 27

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Odd Martinsen. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ "MARTINSEN Odd". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

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