Martinsen in 1963
|Born||20 December 1942 (age 73)
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||76 kg (168 lb)|
|Sport||Cross country skiing|
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.
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.
- Odd Martinsen. sports-reference.com
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- Odd Martinsen at the International Ski Federation
- Holmenkollen medalists – click Holmenkollmedaljen for downloadable pdf file (Norwegian)
- Holmenkollen winners since 1892 – click Vinnere for downloadable pdf file (Norwegian)
- Lillehammer 1994 Book 4 results – cross country skiing section