Bente Skari

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Bente Skari
Full name Bente Skari
Born (1972-09-10) 10 September 1972 (age 44)
Nittedal, Akershus, Norway
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Ski club Nittedal IL
World Cup career
Seasons 19922003
Individual wins 42
Indiv. podiums 60
Overall titles 4 – (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003)

Bente Skari, née Martinsen, (born 10 September 1972) is a Norwegian former cross country skier. She is one of the most successful cross country skiers ever.

Career[edit]

She won her first Olympic medals in 1998, and won her first gold medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics, coming from behind to beat the favourites Olga Danilova and Julija Tchepalova in the last kilometers of the 10 km classical event. She also won a bronze medal in 30 km classical as well as a silver medal in the relay.

Additionally, she won five gold medals (5 km: 1999, 10 km: 2001, 2003, and 15 km: 2001, 2003) from the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, as well as two silver (4 x 5 km: 1997, 2001) medals. She won the overall cross-country skiing World Cup four times before retiring after the 2002/2003 season.

Skari also won the women's 30 km event at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 2003. In 2001, she received the Holmenkollen medal (shared with Adam Małysz and Thomas Alsgaard). Her father, Odd Martinsen, earned the Holmenkollen medal in 1969. They are the only father-daughter combination to ever win this prestigious honour.

In 1998, she won Tjejvasan.[1]

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011[edit]

In 2007, Skari was named as the first woman race administrator in cross country skiing. She assisted in the 2007-08 Tour de Ski, working as an assistant technical delegate in the events held in the Czech Republic. This is part of the Norwegian Ski Federation's effort to promote more women in management positions in skiing.

Personal life[edit]

Bente Skari was named Martinsen before marrying Geir Skari in 1999. She is the mother of three children, Filip, Oda and Selma.

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[2]

Season titles[edit]

  • 9 titles – (4 overall, 5 sprint)
 Season  Discipline
1998 Sprint
1999 Overall
Sprint
2000 Overall
Sprint
2001 Sprint
2002 Overall
Sprint
2003 Overall

Season standings[edit]

 Season  Age Overall Long Distance Sprint
1994 21 32 N/A N/A
1995 22 25 N/A N/A
1996 23 12 N/A N/A
1997 24 6 10 4
1998 25 2 10 1
1999 26 1 13 1
2000 27 1 5[a] 6[a] 1
2001 28 2 N/A 1
2002 29 1 N/A 1
2003 30 1 N/A 2
a. 1 5th in the Long Distance World Cup.
    2 6th in the Middle Distance World Cup.

Individual victories[edit]

  • 42 victories
  • 60 podiums
No.  Season  Date Location Discipline Level
1 1997–98 10 December 1997 Italy Milano, Italy 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup
2 13 December 1997 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 5 km C Individual World Cup
3 9 January 1998 Austria Ramsau, Austria 5 km C Individual World Cup
4 1998–99 13 December 1998 Italy Toblach, Italy 10 km C Individual World Cup
5 27 December 1998 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup
6 28 December 1998  Switzerland  Engelberg, Switzerland 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup
7 29 December 1998 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup
8 5 January 1999 Estonia Otepää, Estonia 10 km C Individual World Cup
9 9 January 1999 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km C Individual World Cup
10 22 February 1999 Austria Ramsau, Austria 5 km C Individual World Championships[a]
11 1999–2000 27 November 1999 Sweden Kiruna, Sweden 5 km C Individual World Cup
12 29 December 1999 Austria Kitzbühel, Austria 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup
13 28 February 2000 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup
14 8 March 2000 Norway Oslo, Norway 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup
15 17 March 2000 Italy Bormio, Italy 5 km C Individual World Cup
16 2000–01 25 November 2000 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 10 km C Individual World Cup
17 16 December 2000 Italy Brusson, Italy 10 km C Individual World Cup
18 28 December 2000  Switzerland  Engelberg, Switzerland 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup
19 14 January 2001 United States Soldier Hollow, USA 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup
20 1 February 2001 Italy Asiago, Italy 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup
21 10 February 2001 Estonia Otepää, Estonia 5 km C Individual World Cup
22 2001–02 24 November 2001 Finland Kuopio, Finland 10 km C Individual World Cup
23 8 December 2001 Italy Cogne, Italy 5 km C Individual World Cup
24 15 December 2001  Switzerland  Davos, Switzerland 10 km C Individual World Cup
25 19 December 2001 Italy Asiago, Italy 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup
26 8 January 2002 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 15 km C Mass Start World Cup
27 5 March 2002 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup
28 13 March 2002 Norway Oslo, Norway 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup
29 2002–03 30 November 2002 Finland Kuusamo, Finland 10 km C Individual World Cup
30 7 December 2002  Switzerland  Davos, Switzerland 10 km F Individual World Cup
31 14 December 2002 Italy Cogne, Italy 15 km C Mass Start World Cup
32 15 December 2002 Italy Cogne, Italy 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup
33 21 December 2002 Austria Ramsau, Austria 2x5 km M Pursuit World Cup
34 12 January 2003 Estonia Otepää, Estonia 15 km C Mass Start World Cup
35 18 January 2003 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km F Individual World Cup
36 23 January 2003 Germany Oberhof, Germany 10 km C Mass Start World Cup
37 15 February 2003 Italy Asiago, Italy 5 km C Individual World Cup
38 6 March 2003 Norway Oslo, Norway 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup
39 8 March 2003 Norway Oslo, Norway 30 km C Mass Start World Cup
40 11 March 2003 Norway Drammen, Norway 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup
41 20 March 2003 Sweden Borlänge, Sweden 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup
42 22 March 2003 Sweden Falun, Sweden 2x5 km M Double Pursuit World Cup
a. 1 1999 World Championship races are included in the 1998–99 World Cup scoring system.

Overall record[edit]

Result Distance Races[a] Sprint Ski
Tours
Individual
Events
Team Events All Events
≤ 5 km[b] ≤ 10 km[b] ≤ 15 km[b] ≤ 30 km[b] ≥ 30 km[b] Pursuit[c] Team Sprint Relay[d]
1st place 8 11 3 1 2 17 42 3 45
2nd place 1 4 3 1 1 3 13 2 15
3rd place 2 1 2 5 5
Podiums 9 17 7 2 3 22 60 5 65
Top 10 16 24 13 5 7 25 90 7 97
Points 29 41 21 12 9 28 140 7 147
Others 1 1 1[e] 3 3
Starts 30 41 22 12 1 9 28 143 7 150
a. 1 Classification is made according to FIS classification.
b. 1 2 3 4 5 Includes individual and mass start races.
c. 1 Includes pursuit and double pursuit races.
d. 1 May be incomplete due to lack of appropriate sources prior to 2001.
e. 1 Did not finish the race (DNF).

Note: Until 1999 World Championships and 1994 Olympics, World Championship and Olympic races are part of the World Cup. Hence results from those races are included in the World Cup overall record.

Olympic results Olympic rings with white rims.svg[edit]

  • 5 medals – (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
  Year    Age   5 km 
 individual 
 10 km 
 individual 
 2x5 km 
 pursuit 
 15 km 
individual
 15 km 
 pursuit 
 15 km 
mass start
 30 km 
individual
 Sprint   4x5 km 
 relay 
1994 21 N/A N/A 20 N/A N/A
1998 25 3 N/A N/A 6 9 N/A 46 N/A 2
2002 29 N/A 1 6 N/A N/A 3 2

World Championship results[edit]

  • 7 medals – (5 gold, 2 silver)
  Year    Age   5 km 
 individual 
 10 km 
 individual 
 2x5 km 
 pursuit 
 15 km 
 individual 
 15 km 
 pursuit 
 15 km 
mass start
 30 km 
individual
 Sprint   4x5 km 
 relay 
1995 22 N/A N/A 13 N/A N/A N/A
1997 24 8 N/A N/A 17 N/A 8 N/A 2
1999 26 1 N/A N/A 8 N/A N/A 4
2001 28 N/A 1 5 1 N/A N/A   CNX[a] 15 2
2003 30 N/A 1 DNS N/A N/A 1
a. 1 Cancelled due to extremely cold weather.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "Tjejvasan" (PDF) (in Swedish). Vasloppet. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 3, 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bente Skari Martinsen". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 16 January 2017.