Tom Erik Oxholm, born in Larvik, started his international career by winning a bronze medal in the 1978 World Junior Championships, and this was only the first of a series of bronze medals for Oxholm. In 1980, his first senior year, he won two Olympic bronze medals (5,000 m and 10,000 m) in addition to bronze medals at both the European and World Championships. He was considered to be a man of the future, but he never again reached the level of his 1980 season. Oxholm had more success as a coach, leading the Norwegian sprint team for many years, and was the personal coach of Olympic Champion Ådne Søndrål. Presently, he owns and runs a health studio in his hometown of Larvik.
Personal Bests\: 500 – 38.58 (1983); 1000 – 1:16.8 (1985); 1500 – 1:57.19 (1983); 5000 – 7:05.58 (1983); 10000 – 14:36.60 (1980).