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Anders Haugen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAnders Olsen•Haugen
Used nameAnders•Haugen
Born24 October 1888 in Bø (NOR)
Died14 April 1984 in Yucaipa, California (USA)
Measurements179 cm
NOC United States

Biography

It took longer for Anders Haugen to win his medal than any athlete in Olympic history. At the 1924 Olympics, Haugen was placed fourth – just behind Norway’s Thorleif Haug, who had won three gold medals in other events. The result was accepted without argument. In 1974, at the 50th reunion of the 1924 Norwegian team, Norwegian sports historian Jacob Vaage was going over the results when he noticed an error. Haugen had correctly been given 17.916 points, but Haug’s scores added up to 17.821, not the 18.000 with which he had been credited. The IOC was notified and at a special ceremony in Oslo, on 12 September 1974, 85-year-old Anders Haugen was given his bronze medal by Haug’s daughter – more than 50 years after the competition. Haugen and his brother, Lars, were the first great American ski jumpers. Anders won four national ski jumping championships, while Lars took seven. But Anders also set three American records, the first in 1911 at Ironwood, Michigan, and the last in 1920 at Dillon, Colorado. That mark, 214 feet, would not be bettered by an American for 12 years. Anders Haugen settled in California and coached skiing for many years. At the age of 75 he was still directing a junior alpine program for youngsters.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) USA Anders Haugen
18 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 33
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) DNS
Nordic Combined (Skiing) USA Anders Haugen
Individual, Men (Olympic) 21
Ski Jumping (Skiing) USA Anders Haugen
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1928 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) USA Anders Haugen
18 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 43
Nordic Combined (Skiing) USA Anders Haugen
Individual, Men (Olympic) 25
Ski Jumping (Skiing) USA Anders Haugen
Normal Hill, Individual, Men (Olympic) 18

Special Notes