Lyle Nelson

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameLyle Barber•Nelson
Used nameLyle•Nelson
Born9 February 1949 in McCall, Idaho (USA)
Measurements188 cm / 84 kg
NOC United States

Biography

Lyle Nelson competed in biathlon for the US at four Winter Olympics, and carried the US flag at the 1988 Opening Ceremony in Calgary. He won 13 US and North American championships during his career. Growing up in McCall, Idaho, Nelson captained the football, track, and ski teams at McCall High School. Nelson graduated from the US Military Academy with a degree in engineering in 1971. A US Army veteran, Nelson resigned in 1977 as a Captain, and then earned an MBA from Southern Cal and a PhD in human development from the Fielding Institute. He has since then become the Program Director for Integrative Medicine at the McCall Memorial Hospital. In his honor, the Nordic and snowshoe trail system at Tamarack Resort, near his home, was dedicated in his name.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Winter Olympics Biathlon USA Lyle Nelson
20 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 35
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 11
1980 Winter Olympics Biathlon USA Lyle Nelson
10 kilometres Sprint, Men (Olympic) 19
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 8
1984 Winter Olympics Biathlon USA Lyle Nelson
20 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 26
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 11
1988 Winter Olympics Biathlon USA Lyle Nelson
10 kilometres Sprint, Men (Olympic) =30
4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 9

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1988 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony USA Lyle Nelson