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Pål Gunnar Mikkelsplass

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePål Gunnar•Mikkelsplass
Used namePål Gunnar•Mikkelsplass
Born29 April 1961 in Bromma, Nes (NOR)
Measurements170 cm / 62 kg
AffiliationsBromma IF, Bromma, Nes (NOR)
NOC Norway


Pål Gunnar Mikkelsplass competed at the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 15 km at the Calgary Olympics. Mikkelsplass also won the 15 km at Holmenkollen in 1981, the same year he won the World Junior Championships in the 15 km. He was a two-time World Champion, winning gold medals in the relay in 1982 at Oslo and 1985 at Seefeld, adding two more World medals, with silver in the 15 km in 1989 at Lahti and a bronze in the relay in 1987 at Oberstdorf. During his career, Mikkelsplass won four World Cup races and had a total of 20 podium placements in the World Cup. He was third in the seasonal World Cup in the 1987/88 season.

Domestically, Mikkelsplass won three Norwegian titles in the 15 km (1986, 1988-89) and one in the 50 km (1986). Pål Gunnar Mikkelsplass married Norwegian cross-country skiier Marit Wold, who won three Olympic silver medals, and three medals at the World Championships. Pål Gunnar Mikkelsplass initially worked as a lumberjack but served as Norway’s national cross-country team coach from 1999-2002. His older brother Eilif K. Mikkelsplass was also an excellent cross-country skiier.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) NOR Pål Gunnar Mikkelsplass
15 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 17
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 12
1988 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) NOR Pål Gunnar Mikkelsplass
15 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 6
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 9
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Norway 6

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