Ole Ellefsæter

Ole Martin Ellefsæter (born 15 February 1939) is a retired athlete from Norway. He mostly competed in cross-country skiing, and won two gold medals at the 1968 Winter Olympics. At the 1966 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships he won one gold (4 × 10 km relay) and one silver (15 km) medal, and in 1971 he became the first Norwegian to win Vasaloppet.[2] Earlier in 1967, Ellefsæter won the 50 km event at the Holmenkollen ski festival, the same year he was awarded the Holmenkollen medal, shared with Toini Gustafsson.[3]

Ole Ellefsæter
Ole Ellefsæter 4.jpg
Personal information
Full nameOle Martin Ellefsæter
Born (1939-02-15) 15 February 1939 (age 82)
Furnes, Hedmark, Norway
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb)
Sport
SportCross-country skiing, athletics
Event(s)Steeplechase
ClubNybygda IL
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)3000 mS – 8:43.8 (1962)[1]
Medal record
Men's cross-country skiing
Representing  Norway
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1968 Grenoble 50 km
Gold medal – first place 1968 Grenoble 4 × 10 km relay
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1966 Oslo 4 × 10 km relay
Silver medal – second place 1966 Oslo 15 km
Ellefsæter with family in 1966

Besides skiing Ellefsæter competed in the 3000 m steeplechase, winning the national title in 1960–1965.[4] His personal best of 8:43.8 minutes was a world-top level results at that time[3] and placed him 26th on the Norwegian all-time list.[5] Ellefsæter competed at the 1962 European Championships, but failed to reach the final. For his accomplishments in both sports he received the Egebergs Ærespris in 1965. Later his statue was installed in Brumunddal where he grew up.[3]

Ellefsæther worked for several years as a lumberjack, and later studied to become a forestry technician. He received the nickname "Uteligger" ("Homeless") after one skiing accident, where after a long training he was taken by surprise by the darkness, and had to stay overnight in the forest.[3]

Ellefsæther was a popular singer. His 1966 single "Huldreslåtten" sold more than 25,000 copies in Norway. After the 1968 Olympics he had another hit "Alle kluter til", which was dedicated to the success of Norwegian team.[6] He produced two more records, "Viser og gamle takter" (1967) and "I godt lag" (1969), the text for which was written by his neighbor Guttorm P. Haugen.[3]

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[7]

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 2 medals – (2 gold)
 Year   Age   15 km  30 km  50 km  4 × 10 km 
 relay 
1964 25 25 DSQ 8
1968 29 Gold Gold
1972 33 31 10

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 2 medals – (1 gold, 1 silver)
 Year   Age   15 km  30 km  50 km  4 × 10 km 
 relay 
1966 27 Silver 4 Gold
1970 31 20 37

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ole Ellefsæter. trackfield.brinkster.net
  2. ^ "Historiska segrare" (PDF) (in Swedish). Vasaloppet. p. 2. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e Ole Ellefsæter. sports-reference.com
  4. ^ 3000 m steeplechase. friidrett.no
  5. ^ 3000 meter hinder/steeplechase. friidrett.no
  6. ^ Ellefsæter, Ole Archived 20 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Norsk pop- og rockleksikon (2005) via Ballade.no, retrieved 29 March 2013
  7. ^ "ELLEFSAETER Ole". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 6 January 2020.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Magnar Lundemo
Egebergs Ærespris
1965
Succeeded by
Fred Anton Maier