Odd Martinsen

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Odd Martinsen
Medal record
Men's cross country skiing
Competitor for  Norway
Olympic Games
Gold 1968 Grenoble 4 x 10 km
Silver 1968 Grenoble 30 km
Silver 1976 Innsbruck 4 x 10 km
World Championships
Gold 1966 Oslo 4 x 10 km
Silver 1970 Vysoké Tatry 15 km
Bronze 1966 Oslo 15 km
Bronze 1970 Vysoké Tatry 30 km
Bronze 1974 Falun 4 x 10 km

Odd Martinsen (born 20 December 1942 in Nittedal) was a Norwegian cross country skier who competed during the 1960s and 1970s. He won three medals at the Winter Olympics, a gold in the 4 x 10 km relay (1968), and silvers in the 30 km (1968) and the 4 x 10 km relay (1976). Martinsen won five medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, a gold in the 4 x 10 km relay (1966), a silver in the 15 km (1970), and bronzes in the 15 km (1966), 30 km (1970), and 4 x 10 km relay (1974). At the 1969 Holmenkollen ski festival, he won the 15 km competition. For his cross country skiing successes in Norway and abroad, Martinsen received the Holmenkollen medal in 1969. Thirty-two years later, his daughter, Bente Skari, received the Holmenkollen medal, making them the only father-daughter combination to ever win the prestigious honor. Odd Martinsen was a member of Nittedal IL.

At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Martinsen was chief of competition for the cross country skiing competitions.

National achievements[edit]

Norwegian champion: 15 km (1966, 1970), 30 km (1969, 1971), 4 x 10 km :1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1978.

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