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Otto Olsen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 3
Bronze 1
Total 8
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameOtto Martin•Olsen
Used nameOtto•Olsen
Born13 December 1884 in Østre Aker (NOR)
Died13 January 1953 in Oslo (NOR)
AffiliationsOslo Sportsskyttere, Oslo (NOR) / Oslo Østre Skytterlag, Oslo (NOR)
NOC(s) Norway

Biography

Otto Olsen was an excellent running target shooter, winning the single shot competition in the 1920 Games, and adding another gold as a member of the Norwegian running target team. Four years later he was also a member of the victorious Norwegian team at the Paris Olympics. He was also an excellent rifle shooter, winning gold medal in military rifle, prone at Antwerp in 1920. Olsen was also World Champion in the running deer double shot team competition in both 1929 at Stockholm and 1931 at Lwów, as well as silver medallist in the running deer single shot team event (1929, 1931), and silver medallist in the double shot individual (1929), making for a total of three golds and three silvers in World Championships. He was Nordic Champion in 1926, 1928 and 1936 and was awarded the King’s Cup as best Norwegian shooter in the 1929 and 1932 national championships. He is the Norwegian shooter with the highest number of Olympic medals, eight in total: four gold, three silver and one bronze. Olsen was from Oslo and worked as a cargo manager for the Norwegian Railway Company NSB.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1920 Summer Olympics Shooting Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men Olympic AC Representing Norway    
  Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic Norway 2 Silver
  Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic Norway 6
  Military Rifle, Prone, 600 metres, Team, Men Olympic Norway 4
  Military Rifle, Standing, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic Norway 6
  Military Rifle, 300 metres and 600 metres, Prone, Team, Men Olympic Norway 2 Silver
  Running Target, Single Shot, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Running Target, Single Shot, Team, Men Olympic Norway 1 Gold
1924 Summer Olympics Shooting Free Rifle, Prone, 600 metres, Men Olympic =51 Representing Norway    
  Free Rifle, 400, 600 and 800 metres, Team, Men Olympic Norway 8
  Running Target, Single Shot, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
  Running Target, Single Shot, Team, Men Olympic Norway 1 Gold
  Running Target, Double Shot, Team, Men Olympic Norway 2 Silver

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