Erik Herseth

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Erik Herseth
Personal information
Full name Erik Johan Herseth
Nationality Norwedian
Born (1892-07-09)July 9, 1892
Oslo
Died January 18, 1993(1993-01-18) (aged 100)
Oslo
Sport
Sport Sailing
Club KNS, Oslo
Updated on 2014-01-18.

Erik Johan Herseth (July 9, 1892 – January 28, 1993) was a Norwegian sailor who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics.

He was a crew member of the Norwegian boat Eleda, which won the gold medal in the 10 metre class (1907 rating).

Professional life[edit]

Herseth was a real Homo Universalis. When he won his Olympic Gold in 1920 Herseth was a famous baritone. He made his debut in 1918 in the company of the Opéra comique in Oslo. In 1921 he moved to Vienna. There as correspondent of the newspaper 'Abendpost' he did interviews of personalities like Josephine Baker. From 1924 till 1928 he was part of the Wiener Volksoper. Herseth was besides baritone a voice teacher, art dealer and painted under the Pseudonym of L. Smith. Besides all this Herseth was a First lieutenant by the Norwegian Airforce. In this rol he was in active duty during World War II by the Norwegian troops in Sweden.

Personal life[edit]

His daughter Astri Herseth became a famous soprano at the Norwegian State Opera in Oslo.

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