|Full name||Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset|
December 6, 1971 |
|Ski club||Fjellhug/Vereide IL|
|World Cup career|
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).
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.
- 2007 Holmenkollen medalists announced – Accessed March 18, 2007. (Norwegian)
- Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset at the International Ski Federation
- Holmenkollen medal presented to Estil and Hjelmeset – Accessed March 21, 2007 (Norwegian)
- Holmenkollen winners since 1892 – click Vinnere for downloadable pdf file (Norwegian)