Vegard Ulvang

Vegard Ulvang (born 10 October 1963, in Kirkenes) is a Norwegian cross-country skier who won three Olympic gold medals, two silver, and one bronze. He has retired from international and Olympic competition. At the opening ceremony of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games, he took the ceremonial Olympic Oath on part of all the athletes. In addition to his Olympic achievements, he received the Holmenkollen medal in 1991 (shared with Trond Einar Elden, Ernst Vettori, and Jens Weißflog), and won the World Cup in 1990. He has also won nine gold, six silver, and two bronze medals in the Norwegian Championships. He earned nine World Cup race victories. Ulvang also won the 50 km at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 1989, 1991 and 1992.

Vegard Ulvang
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Country Norway
Full nameVegard Ulvang
Born (1963-10-10) 10 October 1963 (age 58)
Kirkenes, Norway
Spouse(s)Grete Ingeborg Nykkelmo
Ski clubKirkenes & Omegn Skiklubb
World Cup career
Seasons14 – (19841997)
Individual wins9
Team wins9
Indiv. podiums34
Team podiums23
Indiv. starts120
Team starts29
Overall titles1 – (1990)
Medal record
Men's cross-country skiing
Representing  Norway
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Albertville 10 km classical
Gold medal – first place 1992 Albertville 30 km classical
Gold medal – first place 1992 Albertville 4 × 10 km relay
Silver medal – second place 1992 Albertville 10 km + 15 km
combined pursuit
Silver medal – second place 1994 Lillehammer 4 × 10 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Calgary 30 km classical
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1991 Val di Fiemme 4 × 10 km relay
Gold medal – first place 1993 Falun 4 × 10 km relay
Silver medal – second place 1989 Lahti 30 km classical
Silver medal – second place 1993 Falun 30 km classical
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Oberstdorf 4 × 10 km relay
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Lahti 15 km classical
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Val di Fiemme 30 km classical
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Falun 10 km classical
Junior World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1982 Murau 3 × 5 km relay
Silver medal – second place 1983 Kuopio 3 × 5 km relay

After retiring from professional skiing, he started his own clothing line which has made him a multimillionaire.

On 25 May 2006 Ulvang was named chairman of the executive board of the International Ski Federation's (FIS) cross-country committee, taking over from Peter Petriček of Slovenia, who decided to step down after four years in the job. Ulvang was given the position without election after the board of the FIS decided unanimously that Ulvang was the best man for the job.

Ulvang is also a part of Norwegian TV 2's television travel-series Gutta på tur, together with fellow skier Bjørn Dæhlie, TV personality Arne Hjeltnes and chef Arne Brimi. He is also the creator and organizer of the Tour de Ski.

Cross-country skiing resultsEdit

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

Olympic GamesEdit

  • 6 medals – (3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   10 km   15 km   Pursuit   30 km   50 km   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
1988 24 7 Bronze 4 6
1992 28 Gold Silver Gold 9 Gold
1994 30 7 DNS 10 Silver

World ChampionshipsEdit

  • 8 medals – (2 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze)
 Year   Age   10 km   15 km 
 classical 
 15 km 
 freestyle 
 Pursuit   30 km   50 km   4 × 10 km 
 relay 
1987 23 6 5 7 Bronze
1989 25 Bronze Silver 4
1991 27 4 Bronze 16 Gold
1993 29 Bronze 4 Silver 5 Gold
1995 31 12 8

World CupEdit

Season titlesEdit

  • 1 title – (1 overall)
Season
Discipline
1990 Overall

Season standingsEdit

 Season   Age 
Overall Long Distance Sprint
1984 20 38
1985 21 46
1986 22 8
1987 23 4
1988 24 92
1989 25  
1990 26  
1991 27  
1992 28  
1993 29  
1994 30 6
1995 31 16
1996 32 12
1997 33 31 19 45

Individual podiumsEdit

  • 9 victories
  • 34 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1  1985–86  15 January 1986   Bohinj, Yugoslavia 5 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
2 14 March 1986   Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
3  1986–87  10 December 1986   Ramsau, Austria 15 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
4 14 March 1987   Kavgolovo, Soviet Union 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
5  1987–88  15 February 1988   Calgary, Canada 30 km Individual C Olympic Games[1] 3rd
6 1988–89 7 January 1989   Kavgolovo, Soviet Union 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
7 13 January 1989   Nové Město, Czechoslovakia 15 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
8 15 January 1989 30 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
9 18 February 1989   Lahti, Finland 30 km Individual C World Championships[1] 2nd
10 22 February 1989 15 km Individual C World Championships[1] 3rd
11 4 March 1989   Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual C World Cup 1st
12 11 March 1989   Falun, Sweden 30 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
13  1989–90  9 December 1989   Soldier Hollow, United States 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
14 13 January 1990   Moscow, Soviet Union 30 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
15 17 February 1990   Campra, Switzerland 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
16 21 February 1990   Val di Fiemme, Italy 30 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
17 4 March 1990   Lahti, Finland 15 km + 15 km Pursuit F/C World Cup 2nd
18  1990–91  7 February 1991   Val di Fiemme, Italy 30 km Individual C World Championships[1] 3rd
19 16 March 1991   Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual C World Cup 1st
20 1991–92 7 December 1991   Silver Star, Canada 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
21 8 December 1991 15 km Pursuit C World Cup 1st
22 14 December 1991   Thunder Bay, Canada 30 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
23 4 January 1992   Kavgolovo, Russia 30 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
24 10 February 1992   Albertville, France 30 km Individual C Olympic Games[1] 1st
25 13 February 1992 10 km Individual C Olympic Games[1] 1st
26 15 February 1992 15 km Pursuit F Olympic Games[1] 2nd
27 29 February 1992   Lahti, Finland 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
28 14 March 1992   Vang, Norway 50 km Individual C World Cup 1st
29 1992–93 12 December 1992   Ramsau, Austria 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
30 13 December 1992 15 km Pursuit C World Cup 2nd
31 20 February 1993   Ulrichen, Switzerland 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
32 20 February 1993   Falun, Sweden 30 km Individual C World Championships[1] 2nd
33 22 February 1993 10 km Individual C World Championships[1] 3rd
34  1993–94  18 December 1993   Davos, Switzerland 15 km Individual F World Cup 2nd

Team podiumsEdit

  • 9 victories
  • 23 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammates
1  1984–85  17 March 1985   Oslo, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay World Cup 3rd Hole / Mikkelsplass / Aunli
2  1985–86  9 March 1986   Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay F World Cup 2nd Monsen / Mikkelsplass / Hole
3  1986–87  17 February 1987   Oberstdorf, West Germany 4 × 10 km Relay F World Championships[1] 3rd Aunli / Mikkelsplass / Langli
4 8 March 1987   Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 3rd Mikkelsplass / Aunli / Langli
5  1987–88  13 March 1988   Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay F World Cup 2nd Dæhlie / Bjørn / Mikkelsplass
6 17 March 1988   Oslo, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Monsen / Mikkelsplass / Bjørn
7  1988–89  5 March 1989   Oslo, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay F World Cup 3rd Mikkelsplass / Dæhlie / Langli
8 12 March 1989   Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 3rd Langli / Mikkelsplass / Dæhlie
9  1989–90  11 March 1990   Örnsköldsvik, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Skaanes / Sivertsen / Langli
10 16 March 1990   Vang, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Skinstad / Langli / Skaanes
11 1990–91 15 February 1991   Val di Fiemme, Italy 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Championships[1] 1st Skaanes / Langli / Dæhlie
12 1991–92 18 February 1992   Albertville, France 4 × 10 km Relay C/F Olympic Games[1] 1st Langli / Skjeldal / Dæhlie
13 28 February 1992   Lahti, Finland 4 × 10 km Relay F World Cup 2nd Langli / Dæhlie / Skjeldal
14 8 March 1992   Funäsdalen, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 1st Sivertsen / Langli / Dæhlie
15 1992–93 26 February 1993   Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Championships[1] 1st Sivertsen / Langli / Dæhlie
16  1993–94  22 February 1994   Lillehammer, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F Olympic Games[1] 2nd Sivertsen / Alsgaard / Dæhlie
17 13 March 1994   Falun, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay F World Cup 1st Sivertsen / Jevne / Dæhlie
18 1994–95 26 March 1995   Sapporo, Japan 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Dæhlie / Skjeldal / Alsgaard
19  1995–96  14 January 1996   Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 2nd Alsgaard / Jevne / Dæhlie
20 25 February 1996   Trondheim, Norway 4 × 10 km Relay C/F World Cup 1st Jevne / Dæhlie / Alsgaard
21 17 March 1996   Oslo, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay F World Cup 2nd Kristiansen / Eide / Dæhlie
22  1996–97  24 November 1996   Kiruna, Sweden 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 3rd Skjeldal / Eide / Dæhlie
23 8 December 1996   Davos, Switzerland 4 × 10 km Relay C World Cup 3rd Skjeldal / Eide / Sivertsen

Note: 1 Until the 1999 World Championships and the 1994 Olympics, World Championship and Olympic races were included in the World Cup scoring system.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ULVANG Vegard". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 6 January 2020.