Vegard Ulvang

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Vegard Ulvang
Personal information
Full name Vegard Ulvang
Born (1963-10-10) 10 October 1963 (age 50)
Kirkenes, Norway
Professional information
Club Kirkenes & Omegn Skiklubb
Skis Fischer
World Cup
Seasons 1984–1997
Wins 9
Additional podiums 25
Total podiums 34
Overall titles 1 (1989–90)

Vegard Ulvang (born 10 October 1963, in Kirkenes) is a Norwegian cross-country skier who won three Olympic gold medals, two silver, and one bronze. He has retired from international and Olympic competition. At the opening ceremony of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games, he took the ceremonial Olympic Oath on part of all the athletes. In addition to his Olympic achievements, he received the Holmenkollen medal in 1991 (shared with Trond Einar Elden, Ernst Vettori, and Jens Weißflog), and won the World Cup in 1990. He has also won nine gold, six silver, and two bronze medals in the Norwegian Championships. He earned nine World Cup race victories. Ulvang also won the 50 km at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 1989, 1991 and 1992.

After retiring from professional skiing, he started his own clothing line which has made him a multimillionaire.

On 25 May 2006 Ulvang was named chairman of the executive board of the International Ski Federation's cross-country committee, taking over from Peter Petricek of Slovenia, who decided to step down after four years in the job. Ulvang was given the position without election after the board of the FIS decided unanimously that Ulvang was the best man for the job.

Ulvang is also a part of Norwegian TV 2's television travel-series Gutta på tur, together with fellow skier Bjørn Dæhlie, TV personality Arne Hjeltnes and chef Arne Brimi. He is also the creator and organizer of the Tour de Ski.

World Championship medals[edit]

  • 1987
    • Bronze relay
  • 1989
    • Silver 30 km
    • Bronze 15 km classical
  • 1991
    • Gold relay
    • Bronze 30 km
  • 1993
    • Gold relay
    • Silver 30 km
    • Bronze 10 km

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