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Olaf Ditlev-Simonsen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, IOC member
Full nameOlaf Christian•Ditlev-Simonsen, Jr.
Used nameOlaf•Ditlev-Simonsen
Born2 January 1897 in Dybvåg, Arendal (NOR)
Died19 February 1978 in Oslo (NOR)
Measurements187 cm
AffiliationsKNS, Oslo (NOR)
NOC Norway


Olaf Ditlev-Simonsen was approved as an IOC Member at the 1948 Session in London, but it was stipulated that he would not become a Member until Thomas Fearnley resigned, so Ditlev-Simonsen did not become a full member until 1950. He was a wealthy ship owner, and won a silver medal in the 8-metre yachting class at the 1936 Olympics. A versatile sportsman, he was 11-time bandy national champion, won five caps for football (soccer), and was a talented skiier. He was President of the Royal Yacht Club and of the Organizing Committee for the 1952 Oslo Winter Games. At the 1966 IOC Session in Roma, Ditlev-Simonsen announed that he wished to resign as a Member, and suggested candidates for his replacement. At the end of the Session he was elected as an Honorary Member. However, Ditlev-Simonsen appeared at the 1967 IOC Session in Tehran, and participated actively. At the end of that Session he was again elected as an Honorary Member, finally retiring this time.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Sailing NOR Olaf Ditlev-Simonsen
8 metres, Open (Olympic) Silja 2 Silver

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
Member International Olympic Committee 1948—1967 NOR Olaf Ditlev-Simonsen
Honorary International Olympic Committee 1966—1978 NOR Olaf Ditlev-Simonsen

Olympic family relations