Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset

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Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset
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Full name Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset
Born (1971-12-06) December 6, 1971 (age 46)
Nordfjordeid, Norway
Ski club Fjellhug/Vereide IL
World Cup career
Seasons 1993–2011
Individual wins 8
Indiv. podiums 18

Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset (born December 6, 1971 in Nordfjordeid) is a former Norwegian cross-country skier who competed from 1993 to 2011.

A classical technique specialist, Hjelmeset's biggest success is the gold medal in the 50 km event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2007 in Sapporo. At the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships he won eight medals (all in the classical style). This includes five gold medals (50 km: 2007, 4 x 10 km relay: 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009) and three bronze medals (1999: 10 km, 2001: 15 km, and 2005: 50 km).

Hjelmeset has also competed on the national level in athletics, and won the bronze medal at the Norwegian championships in the 3000 metre steeplechase in 1996 and 1999.[1]

The 2007 season was Hjelmeset's best. He won two gold medals at the World Championships in Sapporo, then a World Cup race in Lahti, before winning the 50 km individual start in Holmenkollen where he had won the sprint event in 2000. Hjelmeset was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 2007 (Shared with Frode Estil, King Harald V, and Queen Sonja).

He retired after he failed to qualify for the 2011 Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo.