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Olav Kjelbotn

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameOlav Kornelius•Kjelbotn (Kristoffersen-)
Used nameOlav•Kjelbotn
Born5 October 1898 in Fosnes (NOR)
Died17 May 1966 in Namsos (NOR)
AffiliationsNamsos IL, Namsos (NOR)
NOC Norway


Olav Kjelbotn achieved national fame when he surprisingly won the 1924 national championship at 30 km. His favorite cross-country distance was the 50 km, and in 1926 Kjelbotn had a great season, winning the Holmenkollen 50 km and coming third at the distance at the world championships. He ended his competitive career after the 1929 season, and went to Greenland as a seal hunter, where he stayed for two years. In 1933 he was a member of a Norwegian expedition to the Antarctic. He then settled in Namsos and worked as a carpenter until his retirement.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) NOR Olav Kjelbotn
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 4

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