Inger Aufles

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameInger Reidun•Aufles (Døving-)
Used nameInger•Aufles
Born29 May 1941 in Valldal, Norddal (NOR)
Measurements165 cm / 54 kg
AffiliationsKjærstad IL, Mosjøen (NOR)
NOC Norway

Biography

Born as Inger Døving in Valldal near Ålesund, she moved to Mosjøen in the northern part of Norway in 1961, married, and began to train seriously for cross-country skiing with the club Kjærstad IL. She had her breakthrough in 1966, when she was selected for the World Championships, where she was a member of the relay team which surprised everybody with a silver medal. Two years later she was Norwegian champion in the 10 km, and at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics she won a bronze medal at that distance. A week later Aufles skied the first leg for Norway in the relay, giving her team a decisive lead, and her teammates Babben Enger-Damon and Berit Mørdre-Lammedal were able to maintain it and secure the first ever Olympic gold medal for Norwegian ladies in cross-country skiing. In 1969 she was Norwegian champion for the second time, that time over 5 km. Later in the season she placed second at 10 km in Svenska Skidspelen in Falun. She won her third Olympic medal at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics as a member of the bronze medal winning relay team. Aufles ended her skiing career after the 1972 season, aged 30.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) NOR Inger Aufles
5 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 7
10 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women (Olympic) Norway 1 Gold
1972 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) NOR Inger Aufles
5 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 12
10 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 12
3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women (Olympic) Norway 3 Bronze

Special Notes