Tord Asle Gjerdalen

Tord Asle Gjerdalen (born 3 August 1983) is a Norwegian cross-country skier.

Tord Asle Gjerdalen
GJERDALEN Tord Asle Tour de SKi 2010.jpg
Tord Asle Gjerdalen in 2010.
Country Norway
Full nameTord Asle Gjerdalen
Born (1983-08-03) 3 August 1983 (age 36)
Ringerike, Norway
Ski clubFossum IF
World Cup career
Seasons2004, 20062015
Individual wins0
Team wins1
Indiv. podiums2
Team podiums6
Indiv. starts111
Team starts16
Overall titles0 – (4th in 2008)
Discipline titles0

CareerEdit

In his early career, he finished ninth in the 30 km event at the 2003 Junior World Championships. He made his debut in the World Cup in February 2004 in Trondheim, where he finished 67th in the sprint race. He also competed in the 50 km event in Oslo the same month, where he finished 50th. In a Marathon Cup race in March 2005 in Mora, he finished sixth. Already at the 2005–06 World Cup opener in Beitostølen, in November 2005, he collected his first World Cup points with a twelfth place in the 15 km event. He followed up with a thirteenth and a fifteenth place in December, in Canmore and Nové Město respectively. In January 2006 in Lago di Tesero he finished among the top ten for the first time, with a seventh place in the 30 km event. He finished among the top five for the first time with a fourth place in March 2006 in Falun. At the 2006 Winter Olympics he finished seventeenth in the 2 × 15 km pursuit, and fifteenth in the 50 km freestyle event.[1] He also became a part of the Norwegian national cross-country skiing squad. He had been offered a team spot twice before, but rejected both times, as it would interfere with his medicine studies.[2]

In the 2006–07 World Cup he did not compete often. Except for relay events, his best placement was tenth in the 50 km event at Holmenkollen in March 2007. In the 2007–08 World Cup, however, he opened with a seventh place at Beitostølen, and recorded a ninth place in Rybinsk right before the Tour de Ski. He performed well here, with two fourth places, one sixth place and a ninth place, and he ended up in fourth in the overall standings. He recorded an eleventh and a sixteenth place in January 2008 in Canmore, and finished on the podium for the first time. He was runner-up both in Falun in February and Bormio in March. He ended eleventh in his last race for the season.[1]

The 2008–09 World Cup season was more unstable. He did finish fifth in La Clusaz in December 2008, but also recorded a 58th, 47th, and 36th place. In the 2008-09 Tour de Ski a twelfth place was his best achievement, and he ended 23rd overall. A sixth place in Rybinsk in January 2009 followed, and at the Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 he finished fourteenth in the 2 × 15 km pursuit, and twentieth in the 50 km freestyle event. The rest of his World Cup showings that season, including the World Cup finale in Sweden, were poor. He opened the 2009–10 World Cup season with a relay race in Beitostølen.[1]

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Gjerdalen finished 19th in the 30 km mixed pursuit and 28th in the 15 km events.

At the Oslo 2011 World Championships Gjerdalen received a bronze medal in the men's 50 km freestyle and a gold medal in the men's 4 × 10 km relay, racing the third leg for Norway.

He won the Marcialonga in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[3]

Olympic GamesEdit

 Year   Age   15 km 
individual
 30 km 
 skiathlon 
 50 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2006 22 17 15
2010 26 28 19
2014 30 20 21

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 4 medals – (2 gold, 2 bronze)
 Year   Age   15 km 
individual
 30 km 
 skiathlon 
 50 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2009 25 14 20
2011 27 17 Bronze Gold
2013 29 Bronze 12 6 Gold

World CupEdit

Season standingsEdit

 Season   Age  Discipline standings Ski Tour standings
Overall Distance Sprint Nordic
Opening
Tour de
Ski
World Cup
Final
2004 20 NC NC NC N/A N/A N/A
2006 22 34 22 N/A N/A N/A
2007 23 85 51 N/A N/A
2008 24 4 9 18 N/A 4 7
2009 25 40 32 66 N/A 22 44
2010 26 39 35 86 N/A 13 DNF
2011 27 33 24 73 16
2012 28 150 96 NC 30
2013 29 50 41 NC 21 29
2014 30 30 36 NC 6
2015 31 NC NC N/A

Individual podiumsEdit

  • 2 podiums (2 WC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1  2007–08  23 February 2008   Falun, Sweden 15 km + 15 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 2nd
2 14 March 2008   Bormio, Italy 3.3 km Individual F World Cup 2nd

Team podiumsEdit

  • 1 victory – (1 RL)
  • 6 podiums – (6 RL)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammates
1  2005–06  15 January 2006   Lago di Tesero, Italy 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd Hjelmeset / Svartedal / Hofstad
2  2007–08  25 November 2007   Beitostølen, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Rønning / Hjelmeset / Eilifsen
3 24 February 2008   Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Svartedal / Hjelmeset / Østensen
4 2008–09 7 December 2008   La Clusaz, France 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Hetland / Sundby / Northug
5  2009–10  7 March 2010   Lahti, Finland 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Rønning / Sundby / Eliassen
6  2010–11  19 December 2010   La Clusaz, France 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Rønning / Sundby / Northug

Personal lifeEdit

Gjerdalen is the brother of fellow skiers Gard Filip Gjerdalen and Njål Tage Gjerdalen.[2] He lives in Hole,[4] formerly represented the local sports club IL Holeværingen before changing club to Fossum IF. He is known for his trademark aviator glasses, which he chooses over the more specialised winter-sports eyewear of his rivals.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Tord Asle Gjerdalen at the International Ski Federation
  2. ^ a b Kirkebøen, Stein Erik (8 May 2006). "Endelig tid til landslaget". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  3. ^ "GJERDALEN Tord Asle". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Tord Asle Gjerdalen (1983) – Skattelister 2008" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2009.