Ivar Formo

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Ivar Formo
Ivar Formo (DEX PR 000391) (cropped).jpg
Ivar Formo in January, 1973
Personal information
Born24 June 1951 (1951-06-24)
Oslo, Norway
Died26 December 2006 (2006-12-27) (aged 55)
Nordmarka, Oslo, Norway
Life partner(s)Wenche Jacobsen

Ivar Formo (24 June 1951 – 26 December 2006) was a Norwegian cross-country skier and orienteer who competed during the 1970s.


He won four medals at the Winter Olympics. Formo also won two bronze medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in the 4 × 10 km relay (1974, 1978). Formo also competed in orienteering, winning a bronze medal in the relay at the 1974 world championships, where he also placed ninth in the individual contest.[1]

He represented the club SFK Lyn. He won a number of awards for his accomplishments within sports, notably the Holmenkollen medal in 1975 (shared with Gerhard Grimmer and his good friend and rival Oddvar Brå) and Egebergs Ærespris in 1973.

In 1979 he was part of the Lyn Jukola orienteering relay winning team.

After retiring as an athlete he had a successful career as a businessman, and served as chairman of the cross-country committee (1983–1988) in the International Ski Federation.[2] Formo earned an engineering degree, and was chairman of the board of Ignis at the time of his death.

Formo was found drowned in the lake Store Sandungen in Nordmarka, the forests surrounding Oslo. He had gone jogging and skating through the area and had most likely fallen through the ice.[3] He was survived by his two sons, and his partner during fifteen years, former orienteering competitor Wenche Jacobsen.[3]

Cross-country skiing results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[4]

Olympic Games[edit]

  • 4 medals – (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   15 km  30 km  50 km  4 × 10 km 
1972 20 Bronze Silver
1976 24 5 11 Gold Silver

World Championships[edit]

  • 2 medals – (2 bronze)
 Year   Age   15 km  30 km  50 km  4 × 10 km 
1974 22 6 16 12 Bronze
1978 26 14 Bronze


  1. ^ "World Orienteering Championships 1974". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ FIS Newsflash Edition 108. January 3, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Tok farvel med Ivar Formo". nrk.no (in Norwegian). 5 January 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  4. ^ "FORMO Ivar". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Bjørn Wirkola
Egebergs Ærespris
Succeeded by
Eystein Weltzien