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Eirik Verås Larsen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameEirik Verås•Larsen
Used nameEirik Verås•Larsen
Nick/petnamesHårek
Born26 March 1976 in Flekkefjord (NOR)
Measurements182 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsFlekkefjord KK, Flekkefjord (NOR)
NOC(s) Norway

Biography

Eirik Verås Larsen was born in Flekkefjord and started canoeing at the age of ten, coached by Olaf Søyland, world champion in K-4 10,000 metres in 1975 and K-2 1,000 metres in 1979. In 1995 he went to Oslo to study at the The Norwegian University of Sport and Physical Education, and started training with Knut Holmann. Together with Nils Olav Fjeldheim he had his breakthrough in 2000, winning gold in the K-2 1,000 at the European Championships. The 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney was, however, a disappointment for Larsen and Fjeldheim, as they placed ninth in K-2 1,000 as their best result. In the 2004 Olympics he first won the K-1 1,000, and an hour later won a bronze medal with Fjeldheim at K-2 1,000. In 2008 he won the silver medal in K-1 1,000 in Beijing. Larsen has been a leading canoeist over the last decade, winning five World, seven European and 21 national titles. He has a masters degree in biomechanics and lives with his wife in Sandvika just outside Oslo. In 2011 he made a comeback after not competing for two seasons.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
2000 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men Olympic Nils Olav Fjeldheim 7 h2 r2/3 Representing Norway    
  Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Nils Olav Fjeldheim 9
2004 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Men Olympic 4 Representing Norway    
  Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Nils Olav Fjeldheim 3 Bronze
2008 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Men Olympic 4 Representing Norway    
  Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
2012 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Norway    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2004 Summer Olympics 24 August 2004 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Men Round One, Heat One 1:36.905 1

Other participations

Games Role Details
2004 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony Representing Norway    
2012 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony Representing Norway    

Olympic family relations

Special Notes