Vibeke Westbye Skofterud (20 April 1980 – 29 July 2018) was a Norwegian cross-country skier. She won gold in the 4 × 5 km relay at Vancouver in 2010. Her best individual finish at the Winter Olympics was eighth in the 30 km event at Salt Lake City in 2002.
Vibeke Skofterud in May 2015
|Full name||Vibeke Westbye Skofterud|
|Born||20 April 1980|
|Died||29 July 2018 (aged 38)|
|Ski club||Slitu IF|
|World Cup career|
|Overall titles||0 – (11th in 2002, 2012)|
Skofterud won a complete set of 4 × 5 km relay medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (gold: 2005, gold: 2011, silver: 2003, bronze: 2007) and earned her best individual finish of 13th in the 5 km + 5 km double pursuit in 2003.
Her first individual victory came in a pursuit race in Norway in 2006.
In 2012, Skofterud became the first Norwegian to win the Vasaloppet official ladies class. She set a new record time, 4.08,24, more than 8 minutes faster than the previous record from 1998. This was the first time ever she competed in a race as long as 90 km.
The 2012/2013 World Cup season proved to be difficult for Skofterud, due to illness and injuries, and she was forced to quit the season halfway through. She made a comeback on the national team the following winter, but her results were less than satisfactory. After failing to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Skofterud announced her retirement from the national team, in favour of a career in ski marathon.
She retired from cross-country skiing in 2015.
Cross-country skiing resultsEdit
- 1 medal – (1 gold)
|Year||Age||10 km||15 km||Pursuit||30 km||Sprint|| 4 × 5 km
| Team |
- 4 medals – (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
|Year||Age||10 km||15 km||Pursuit||30 km||Sprint|| 4 × 5 km
| Team |
- a. 1 Cancelled due to extremely cold weather.
|Season||Age||Discipline standings||Ski Tour standings|
|Overall||Distance||Long Distance||Middle Distance||Sprint||Nordic
- 15 podiums – (12 WC, 3 SWC)
|1||2001–02||8 December 2001||Cogne, Italy||5 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|2||9 December 2001||Cogne, Italy||1.5 km Sprint F||World Cup||2nd|
|3||23 March 2002||Birkebeinerrennet, Norway||58 km Mass Start C||World Cup||2nd|
|4||2003–04||28 November 2003||Rukatunturi, Finland||10 km Individual C||World Cup||2nd|
|5||2007–08||24 November 2007||Beitostølen, Norway||10 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|6||8 December 2007||Davos, Switzerland||10 km Individual C||World Cup||2nd|
|7||2009–10||29 November 2009||Rukatunturi, Finland||10 km Individual C||World Cup||3rd|
|8||2011–12||19 November 2011||Sjusjøen, Norway||10 km Individual F||World Cup||3rd|
|9||25 November 2011||Rukatunturi, Finland||1.2 km Sprint C||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|10||26 November 2011||Rukatunturi, Finland||5 km Individual F||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|11||27 November 2011||Rukatunturi, Finland||10 km Pursuit C||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|12||25–27 November 2011||Nordic Opening||Overall Standings||World Cup||3rd|
|13||10 December 2011||Davos, Switzerland||15 km Individual F||World Cup||2nd|
|14||17 December 2011||Rogla, Slovenia||10 km Mass Start C||World Cup||2nd|
|15||2012–13||16 December 2012||Canmore, Canada||7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F||World Cup||3rd|
- 17 victories
- 23 podiums
|1||2001–02||16 December 2001||Davos, Switzerland||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Bay / Skari / Pedersen|
|2||10 March 2002||Falun, Sweden||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Moen / Bjørgen / Pedersen|
|3||2002–03||24 November 2002||Kiruna, Sweden||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Moen / Skari / Sorkmo|
|4||8 December 2002||Davos, Switzerland||4 x 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Skari / Pedersen / Sorkmo|
|5||2003–04||23 November 2003||Beitostølen, Norway||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Pedersen / Steira / Bjørgen|
|6||14 December 2003||Davos, Switzerland||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Bjørgen / Stemland / Pedersen|
|7||11 January 2004||Otepää, Estonia||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Pedersen / Steira / Bjørgen|
|8||22 February 2004||Umeå, Sweden||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Bjørgen / Steira / Pedersen|
|9||2004–05||24 November 2004||Gällivare, Sweden||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Bjørnås / Pedersen / Bjørgen|
|10||12 December 2004||Val di Fiemme, Italy||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||3rd||Bjørnås / Pedersen / Bjørgen|
|11||2005–06||20 November 2005||Beitostølen, Norway||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Berg / Pedersen / Bjørgen|
|12||15 January 2006||Val di Fiemme, Italy||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||3rd||Bjørgen / Stemland / Steira|
|13||2006–07||19 November 2006||Gällivare, Sweden||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Pedersen / Steira / Bjørgen|
|14||4 February 2007||Davos, Switzerland||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Jacobsen / Steira / Bjørgen|
|15||2007–08||25 November 2007||Beitostølen, Norway||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Jacobsen / Johaug / Bjørgen|
|16||9 December 2007||Davos, Switzerland||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Stemland / Johaug / Steira|
|17||2009–10||22 November 2009||Beitostølen, Norway||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||2nd||Johaug / Steira / Bjørgen|
|18||2010–11||21 November 2010||Gällivare, Sweden||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Johaug / Steira / Bjørgen|
|19||19 December 2010||La Clusaz, France||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Johaug / Steira / Bjørgen|
|20||2011–12||20 November 2011||Sjusjøen, Norway||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Johaug / Steira / Bjørgen|
|21||12 February 2012||Nové Město, Czech Republic||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Johaug / Jacobsen / Bjørgen|
|22||2012–13||25 November 2012||Gällivare, Sweden||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||1st||Johaug / Hagen / Bjørgen|
|23||20 January 2013||La Clusaz, France||4 × 5 km Relay C/F||World Cup||3rd||Østberg / Hagen / Jacobsen|
Skofterud confirmed in June 2008 that she was in a committed relationship with a woman. She had previously been in relationships with men.
Skofterud was reported missing in the early morning of 29 July 2018 and was found dead on an islet. The police stated that she most likely died instantly from injuries after a jetski accident near Arendal. Skofterud was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of 0,8‰. She was 38 years old.
- "Skofterud med historisk seier i Vasaloppet". www.dagbladet.no (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- "Skofterud gir seg på landslaget". www.vg.no (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- "Vibeke Skofterud: Former Olympic champion dies in jet-skiing accident". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
- "SKOFTERUD Vibeke". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
- Avlyste lettkledd fotografering
- "Five Years Ago Skofterud And Steira Lit Up Internet With This Snap". Daily Skier. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
- "Skofterud Brings Eating Disorders into the Spotlight; 1 in 9 Athletes Affected". Faster Skier. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
- "Skofterud står frem med jentekjæreste". www.vg.no. Verdens Gang. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- Brodahl, Viljam. "Skofterud omkommet i vannscooterulykke". NRK (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2018-07-29.
- AS, TV 2. "Skofterud hadde promille da hun krasjet". TV 2 (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018-09-03.
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