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Per Olsen

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePer•Olsen
Used namePer•Olsen
Born13 June 1932 in Alta (NOR)
Died9 November 2013 in Alta (NOR)
Measurements175 cm / 68 kg
AffiliationsAlta IF, Alta (NOR)
NOC Norway


Per Olsen was born in Alta in the northern part of Norway, and became national junior champion in the 15 km and Nordic combined in 1952. His best placing in Holmenkollen was third place in Nordic combined in 1955. After that he concentrated on cross-country skiing, qualifying for the 1956 Olympic team. He also competed in the 1954 and 1958 World Championships. He never won a national senior title, placing second in both the 15 and 30 km races in 1957. To obtain better training conditions, he moved to Trysil in the southern part of Norway, where he worked as a carpenter, but he moved back to Alta with his family in 1968, serving as a cross-country coach with his club Alta IF. His son Ole married Olympic speed skater Anette Tønsberg.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) NOR Per Olsen
30 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 19
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men (Olympic) Norway 4

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