Odd Martinsen

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Odd Martinsen
Odd Martinsen 1963.jpg
Martinsen in 1963
Personal information
Born 20 December 1942 (1942-12-20) (age 73)
Drammen, Norway
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Sport Cross country skiing
Club Nittedal IL

Odd-Willy Martinsen (born 20 December 1942) is a retired Norwegian cross country skier who competed during the 1960s and 1970s. He won three medals at the Winter Olympics, a gold in the 4×10 km relay (1968) and silvers in the 30 km (1968) and the 4×10 km relay (1976). Martinsen won five medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, a gold in the 4×10 km relay (1966), a silver in the 15 km (1970), and bronzes in the 15 km (1966), 30 km (1970), and 4×10 km relay (1974). At the 1969 Holmenkollen ski festival, he won the 15 km race. For his cross country skiing successes in Norway and abroad, Martinsen received the Holmenkollen medal in 1969. Thirty-two years later, his daughter, Bente Skari, received the Holmenkollen medal, making them the only father-daughter combination to ever win the prestigious honor.[1]

Domestically Martinsen won Norwegian titles in the 15 km (1966, 1970), 30 km (1969, 1971) and 4×10 km relay (1970, 1972–1975, 1978). After retiring from competitions he became a skiing official and headed the FIS cross-country committee in 1986–2002. At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, he served as chief of the cross country skiing competitions. He also founded the ski firm Finor AS, which was later run by his daughter and son.[1]


  1. ^ a b Odd Martinsen. sports-reference.com

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