Øystein Pettersen

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Øystein Pettersen
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Born (1983-01-19) 19 January 1983 (age 34)
Linderud, Oslo, Norway
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Ski club Bækkelagets SK, Oslo
Lillomarka SK, Oslo
World Cup career
Seasons 2003–
Individual wins 0
Indiv. podiums 5
Updated on 9 December 2010.

Øystein "Pølsa" Pettersen (born 19 January 1983 in Linderud) is a Norwegian cross country skier who has competed since 2002. He has four World Cup podiums, his best finish being second in individual sprint events (2006: Germany, 2009: Estonia). He and Petter Northug won gold in the team sprint event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.[1] In the Individual Sprint he was one of three Norwegians to reach the six-man final.

Athletic career[edit]

Pettersen began competing in national events in 2002 and in junior international events in 2003. Although he has competed in dozens of events, he only finished in the top three at World Cup events five times, including second-place finished in Germany in 2006 and in Estonia in 2009. He did not compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics, but did win a gold medal that year in the Scandinavian championships.[2]

Pettersen was selected to join the Norwegian team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. In his first Olympic event, the individual sprint, he placed 6th, one of three Norwegians who made it to the final competition round.[3] He later won a gold medal with teammate Petter Northug in the team sprint event in a close finish with teams from Germany and Russia. Originally, Pettersen was not going to compete in the event, but a last-minute withdrawal by world champion Ola Vigen Hattestad due to illness left a slot open, and Pettersen was chosen to fill it.[4] A number of teams were in contention following Pettersen's performance during the first leg of the race, and it was not until the last hill that Northug passed his opponents and took the lead entering the stadium where the race finished.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Øystein Pettersen. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ "PETTERSEN Oeystein". Biography. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Men's Individual Sprint Classic – Finals". Vancouver 2010. 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  4. ^ a b "Cross-Country Skiing: Norway storm to men's team sprint gold". Agence France-Presse. Vancouver 2010. 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2010-02-22.