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Martin Borthen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMartin Luther•Borthen
Used nameMartin•Borthen
Born13 August 1878 in Kristiansund (NOR)
Died25 March 1964 in Bergen (NOR)
AffiliationsBergens Seilforening, Bergen (NOR)
NOC Norway


Martin Borthen had a maritime education. He went through the ranks at the Oslo based Spanskelinjen, eventually becoming a skipper. He quit going to sea in 1909, at the time serving as a ship master. Subsequently Borthen worked as a stevedore in Bergen. He was active on the board of Bergen’s association of ship-owners and other maritime institutions. Borthen was appointed Knight of the Turkish Medjidie in 1908 for life saving in the Mediterranean. Bergen’s mariners awarded him the “The golden octant” for his services in 1934.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Sailing NOR Martin Borthen
12 metres, Open (Olympic) Heira II 1 Gold