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Tor Arne Hetland (born 12 January 1974) is a Norwegian cross-country skiing coach and a former professional cross-country skier.

Tor Arne Hetland
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Tor Arne Hetland (right) and Jens Arne Svartedal
Born (1974-01-12) 12 January 1974 (age 45)
Spouse(s)
Guri Hetland (m. 2004)
World Cup career
Individual wins13
Indiv. podiums34
Overall titles0 – (3rd in 2005 and 2006)
Discipline titles1 – (1 SP)

Hetland was born in Stavanger. He now lives in Trondheim. While active he represented Byåsen IL ski club. He was coached by Ulf Morten Aune. Hetland is 6 ft 2 in and 12 st 10 lb (178 lb).

World CupEdit

Hetland began his career in 1990, but only started competing in the World Cup in 1996/97, where he finished 11th in the long distance standings and 46th in the sprint, finishing 30th in the overall standings. [1]The year after he did much worse, coming 42nd in the long distance, and 78th in the sprint, finishing 62nd overall. For the next three seasons he improved his overall standing and became a main contender in the sprint. In 1998/99 he came 2nd in the sprints, and 23rd in the overall, in 1999/2000 he came 4th in the sprints but had a better long distance season than the one before, and in 2000/01 he came 3rd in the sprints and 12th overall. In 2001/02 he came 13th in the overall standing, whilst finishing the sprint in 6th, and in 2003/04 he came 4th in the sprint, and claimed his first distance points, coming in 37th, and 14th in the overall. The season after, 2004/05 was Hetland's most successful year to date, winning the sprint title, and coming 3rd in the overall standings.

Hetland finished the 2005/06 FIS World Cup season in third place, 259 points behind Tobias Angerer, and 7 points behind fellow countryman Jens Arne Svartedal. He finished third in the sprints, 163 points behind Björn Lind, and 20 points behind Thobias Fredriksson. He was 20th in the distance standings, 632 points behind Angerer.

Hetland has had 23 podium finishes in his World Cup career, 10 in first place, 10 in second place and 3 in third place. He has podiumed at least once every season since 1996/97, except for 1997/98 and 1999/2000. The most podium finishes he has had in one season was in 2004/05 when he had five. He had four in 2005/06 and three for three consecutive seasons from 2000/01. Of his 23 podium finishes all but three have come in sprints. His first non sprint podium was in 1996/97, when he came second in a 50 km race. In 2000/01 he came third in a 15 km race and on 19 November 2005 he won his first distance race (15 km) in Beitostølen, Norway. The victory on this particular course was no great shock as the Beitostølen track is very flat as the tracks on the cross country circuit goes, and when taken into consideration that the Norwegian athletes, much like the larger teams like the Germans, and Russians, are expected to be in near top condition at the beginning of the season so as to secure team selection. His victory in the sprint event in Vernon, Canada on 12 December 2005, was his 100th career race.

World Championships and OlympicsEdit

Hetland has three World championship gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal. Three of his medals (one gold, silver and bronze) were won in the sprint event, his gold came at Lahti in 2001. His silver came at Oberstdorf in 2005 and his bronze at Val di Fiemme in 2003. In 2001 he won a gold in the 4 × 10 km relay, and his other gold medal came in the team sprint in Oberstdorf, which he won with Tore Ruud Hofstad. He has one gold medal and one silver medal from the Winter Olympics. He won the gold in the individual sprint event in 2002 in Salt Lake City, but did not do as well in Pragelato in the 2006 Winter Olympics, coming 10th in the individual sprint. He won his silver in the team sprint in 2006.

RetirementEdit

Hetland announced his retirement the week of 27 April 2009 to a lingering knee injury and asthma. He stated that he "...[felt]... like I am quitting like I am top".

World Cup resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[1]

Season titlesEdit

  • 1 title – (1 sprint)
Season
Discipline
2005 Sprint

Individual podiumsEdit

  • 13 victories (11 WC, 2 SWC)
  • 35 podiums (30 WC, 5 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 1995–96 4 February 1996   Reit im Winkl, Germany 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
2  1996–97  15 March 1997   Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
3 1998–99 27 December 1998   Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
4 28 December 1998     Engelberg, Switzerland 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
5  2000–01  8 December 2000   Santa Caterina, Italy 15 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
6 28 December 2000     Engelberg, Switzerland 1.0 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
7 29 December 2000     Engelberg, Switzerland 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
8  2001–02  9 December 2001   Cogne, Italy 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
9 27 December 2001   Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
10 29 December 2001   Salzburg, Austria 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 3rd
11  2002–03  26 October 2002   Düsseldorf, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
12 11 December 2002   Clusone, Italy 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
13 15 December 2002   Cogne, Italy 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 1st
14  2003–04  26 February 2004   Drammen, Norway 1.2 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
15  2004–05  23 October 2004   Düsseldorf, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
16 4 December 2004     Bern, Switzerland 1.35 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
17 14 December 2004   Asiago, Italy 1.2 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
18 5 March 2005   Lahti, Finland 1.4 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
19 9 March 2005   Drammen, Norway 1.2 km Sprint C World Cup 1st
20  2005–06  22 October 2004   Düsseldorf, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
21 19 November 2005   Beitostølen, Norway 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
22 11 December 2005   Vernon, Canada 1.3 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
23 8 January 2006   Otepää, Estonia 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
24  2006–07  28 October 2006   Düsseldorf, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
25 25 November 2006   Rukatunturi, Finland 1.2 km Sprint C World Cup 3rd
26 13 December 2006   Cogne, Italy 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
28 5 January 2007   Asiago, Italy 1.2 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 1st
28 15 February 2007   Changchun, China 1.3 km Sprint C World Cup 3rd
29 2007–08 15 December 2007   Rybinsk, Russia 30 km Mass Start F World Cup 1st
30 30 December 2007   Prague, Czech Republic 1.0 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 3rd
31 4 January 2008   Asiago, Italy 1.2 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 3rd
32  2008–09  29 November 2008   Rukatunturi, Finland 1.4 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
33 20 December 2008   Düsseldorf, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
34 29 December 2008   Prague, Czech Republic 1.3 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 1st
35 20 December 2008   Nové Město, Czech Republic 1.2 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 2nd

Team podiumsEdit

  • 12 victories – (8 RL, 4 TS)
  • 24 podiums – (15 RL, 9 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1 1995–96 17 March 1996   Oslo, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay F World Cup 1st Bjonviken / Estil / Andersen
2  1997–98  10 March 1998   Falun, Sweden 10 × 1.6 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Torseth
3  1998–99  29 November 1998   Muonio, Finland 4 × 10 km Relay F World Cup 2nd Bjørndalen / Skjeldal / Dæhlie
4 20 December 1998   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Bjervig / Jevne / Dæhlie
5 10 January 1999   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Hjelmeset / Jevne / Jermstad
6  1999–00  28 November 1999   Kiruna, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay F World Cup 2nd Bjervig / Skjeldal / Alsgaard
7 2000–01 26 November 2000   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Bjonviken / Hjelmeset / Skjeldal
8 9 December 2000   Santa Caterina, Italy 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Estil / Skjeldal / Alsgaard
9 2001–02 27 November 2001   Kuopio, Finland 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Hjelmeset / Jevne / Bjerkeli
10 16 December 2001   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Estil / Jevne / Alsgaard
11  2002–03  24 November 2002   Kiruna, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Skjeldal / Aukland / Alsgaard
12  2003–04  26 October 2003   Düsseldorf, Germany 6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 3rd Bjerkeli
13 7 December 2003   Toblach, Italy 6 × 1.2 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Bjerkeli
14 14 December 2003   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Aukland / Estil / Skjeldal
15 2004–05 24 October 2004   Düsseldorf, Germany 6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Bjerkeli
16 5 December 2004   Bern, Switzerland 6 × 1.1 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Svartedal
17 15 December 2004   Asiago, Italy 6 × 1.2 km Team Sprint C World Cup 1st Svartedal
18  2005–06  23 October 2005   Düsseldorf, Germany 6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 3rd Rønning
19 20 November 2005   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Rønning / Svartedal / Hofstad
20  2006–07  17 December 2006   La Clusaz, France 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Rønning / Bjørndalen / Northug
21  2007–08  28 October 2007   Düsseldorf, Germany 6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Kjølstad
22 25 November 2007   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Sundby / Svartedal / Hofstad
23 2008–09 7 December 2008   La Clusaz, France 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Sundby / Gjerdalen / Northug
24 21 December 2008   Düsseldorf, Germany 6 × 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Hattestad

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "HETLAND Tor Arne". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 1 February 2018.