Norway at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Norway at the Olympic Games

Flag of Norway
IOC code  NOR
NOC Norwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sports
Website www.idrett.no (Norwegian)
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens
Competitors 53 in 12 sports
Flag bearer Harald Stenvaag[1]
Medals
Rank: 17
Gold
5
Silver
0
Bronze
1
Total
6
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
1906

Norway competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. This was the nation's twenty-fourth appearance at the Summer Olympics, except for the sparsely attended 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, and the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, because of the United States boycott. With the absence of women's football and handball teams, Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports sent the nation's smallest delegation to the Games since the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. A total of 53 athletes, 36 men and 17 women, competed only in 12 different sports. There was only a single competitor in badminton, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting, and wrestling.

Sixteen athletes from the Norwegian team had previously competed in Sydney, including Olympic silver medalists Kjersti Plätzer in women's race walk and Olaf Tufte in men's single sculls. At age 51, rifle shooting veteran Harald Stenvaag became the second Norwegian in Summer Olympic history to participate in six Games, tying a record set by sailor Magnus Konow. For being the oldest and most sophisticated member of the team, Stenvaag was appointed by the committee to carry the Norwegian flag in the opening ceremony on his final Olympic bid.[1] Other notable Norwegian athletes featured kayak pair and world champions Nils Olav Fjeldheim and Eirik Verås Larsen, yachting siblings Christoffer and Siren Sundby, and breaststroke swimmer Alexander Dale Oen, the youngest of the team at age 19.

Despite being the smallest team in history by nearly three decades, Norway left Athens with a remarkable tally of six medals, five golds and one bronze, being considered the nation's most successful Summer Olympics since 1920.[2] Two Norwegian athletes won Olympic gold medals for the first time in history: Andreas Thorkildsen in men's javelin throw[3] and Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå in women's mountain biking. Meanwhile, Larsen became the most decorated Norwegian athlete of the Games with two medals, including a gold in the men's K-1 1000 metres.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Tufte, OlafOlaf Tufte Rowing Men's single sculls August 21
 Gold Sundby, SirenSiren Sundby Sailing Europe class August 22
 Gold Verås Larsen, EirikEirik Verås Larsen Canoeing Men's K-1 1000 m August 27
 Gold Flesjå, Gunn-Rita DahleGunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå Cycling Women's cross-country August 27
 Gold Thorkildsen, AndreasAndreas Thorkildsen Athletics Men's javelin throw August 28
 Bronze Fjeldheim, Nils OlavNils Olav Fjeldheim
Verås Larsen, EirikEirik Verås Larsen
Canoeing Men's K-2 1000 m August 27

Athletics[edit]

Norwegian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard).[4][5]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Marius Bakken 5000 m 13:36.38 12 Did not advance
Trond Nymark 50 km walk N/A 3:53:20 13
Jim Svenøy 3000 m steeplechase 8:33.97 10 Did not advance
Erik Tysse 20 km walk N/A DNS
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Ronny Nilsen Javelin throw 72.70 29 Did not advance
Andreas Thorkildsen 81.74 8 Q 86.50 1st
Combined events – Decathlon
Athlete Event 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110H DT PV JT 1500 m Final Rank
Hans Olav Uldal Result 11.23 6.99 13.53 1.85 50.95 15.09 43.01 4.50 60.00 4:41.70 7495 27
Points 810 811 700 670 771 839 726 760 738 670
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Stine Larsen Marathon N/A 2:39:55 24
Trine Pilskog 1500 m 4:08.61 10 Did not advance
Kjersti Plätzer 20 km walk N/A 1:30.49 12

Badminton[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Jim Ronny Andersen Men's singles  Yang (GUA)
W 15–9, 8–15, 15–6
 Kuncoro (INA)
L 7–15, 6–15
Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Sprint[edit]

Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Eirik Verås Larsen Men's K-1 500 m 1:36.905 1 q 1:38.361 1 Q 1:38.667 4
Men's K-1 1000 m 3:25.150 1 Q BYE 3:25.897 1st
Nils Olav Fjeldheim
Eirik Verås Larsen
Men's K-2 1000 m 3:09.247 1 Q BYE 3:19.528 3rd
Andreas Gjersøe
Mattis Næss
Jacob Norenberg
Alexander Wefald
Men's K-4 1000 m 2:54.894 4 q 2:54.350 2 Q 3:01.698 5

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify to final; q = Qualify to semifinal

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Time Rank
Kurt Asle Arvesen Road race 5:41:56 9
Time trial 1:02:21.28 28
Morten Hegreberg Road race Did not finish
Thor Hushovd Road race Did not finish
Time trial 1:03:10.36 32
Mads Kaggestad Road race Did not finish
Women
Athlete Event Time Rank
Lene Byberg Road race 3:33:35 48
Linn Torp 3:40:43 53
Anita Valen Road race 3:25:42 14
Time trial 34:31.94 22

Mountain biking[edit]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå Women's cross-country 1:56:51 1st

Rowing[edit]

Norwegian rowers qualified the following boats:

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Olaf Tufte Single sculls 7:12.53 1 SA/B/C BYE 6:50.55 1 FA 6:49.30 1st
Morten Adamsen
Nils-Torolv Simonsen
Double sculls 6:45.26 2 SA/B BYE 6:14.69 3 FA 6:37.25 7

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; R=Repechage

Sailing[edit]

Norwegian sailors have qualified one boat for each of the following events.

Women
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 M*
Jannicke Stålstrøm Mistral 9 3 7 15 14 12 11 8 14 14 OCS 107 11
Siren Sundby Europe 1 3 DSQ 1 19 4 4 1 1 1 12 47 1st
Karianne Eikeland
Lise Birgitte Fredriksen
Beate Kristiansen
Yngling 14 13 4 6 10 1 14 8 9 15 6 85 9
Open
Athlete Event Race Net points Final rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 M*
Peer Moberg Laser 7 18 37 23 12 26 34 14 3 DSQ N/A 24 198 21
Frode Bovim
Christoffer Sundby
49er 1 3 9 OCS 6 4 13 8 15 11 6 9 11 3 2 2 88 4

M = Medal race; OCS = On course side of the starting line; DSQ = Disqualified; DNF = Did not finish; DNS= Did not start; RDG = Redress given

Shooting[edit]

Five Norwegian shooters qualified to compete in the following events:

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Espen Berg-Knutsen 10 m air rifle 584 =41 Did not advance
50 m rifle prone 592 =16 Did not advance
50 m rifle 3 positions 1156 =22 Did not advance
Harald Jensen Skeet 122 (5) 6 Q 145 6
Leif Steinar Rolland 10 m air rifle 592 =18 Did not advance
Harald Stenvaag 50 m rifle prone 592 =16 Did not advance
50 m rifle 3 positions 1149 30 Did not advance
Erik Watndal Skeet 121 8 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Norwegian swimmers earned qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the A-standard time, and 1 at the B-standard time):

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Alexander Dale Oen 100 m breaststroke 1:02.25 21 Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Norway has qualified a single taekwondo jin.

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Nina Solheim Women's −67 kg  Šarić (CRO)
W 5–2
 Luo W (CHN)
L RSC
Did not advance  Hwang K-S (KOR)
L WO
Did not advance 7

Volleyball[edit]

Beach[edit]

Athlete Event Preliminary round Standing Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Vegard Høidalen
Jørre Kjemperud
Men's Pool D
 BergDahl (SWE)
L 0 – 2 (13–21, 18–21)
 HernándezPapaleo (PUR)
W 2 – 1 (18–21, 21–19, 15–10)
 DieckmannReckermann (GER)
W 2 – 1 (22–24, 26–24, 15–13)
3 Q  Rego
Santos (BRA)
L 1 – 2 (15–21, 21–19, 6–15)
Did not advance
Iver Horrem
Bjørn Maaseide
Pool A
 RegoSantos (BRA)
L 1 – 2 (15–21, 21–19, 10–15)
 HoldrenMetzger (USA)
W 2 – 1 (16–21, 22–20, 15–9)
 SchachtSlack (AUS)
L 0 – 2 (18–21, 17–21)
4 Did not advance
Susanne Glesnes
Kathrine Maaseide
Women's Pool D
 McPeakYoungs (USA)
L 0 – 2 (14–21, 14–21)
 KuhnSchnyder (SUI)
W 2 – 1 (21–18, 17–21, 15–13)
 DumontMartin (CAN)
L 0 – 2 (19–21, 27–29)
3 Did not advance
Nila Håkedal
Ingrid Tørlen
Pool C
 ConnellyPires (BRA)
L 0 – 2 (18–21, 19–21)
 ArvanitiKoutroumanidou (GRE)
L 1 – 2 (11–21, 23–21, 12–15)
 LahmeMüsch (GER)
W 2 – 1 (13–21, 21–17, 15–12)
4 Did not advance

Weightlifting[edit]

Norway has qualified a single weightlifter.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Stian Grimseth Men's +105 kg 185 =12 205 DNF 185 DNF

Wrestling[edit]

Key:

  • VT - Victory by Fall.
  • PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.
  • PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.
Men's Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Elimination Pool Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Fritz Aanes −84 kg  Avramis (GRE)
L 1–3 PP
 Jamshidi (IRI)
L 0–3 PO
3 Did not advance 15

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "OL-veteranen bærer flagget" [Olympic veteran will carry the flag] (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. 11 August 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "2004 Athens: Medal Tally". USA Today. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Norwegian outsider wins javelin gold". ABC News Australia. 29 August 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Athens 2004 Entry Standards". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 

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