Tor Arne Hetland

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Tor Arne Hetland
Svartedal and hetland 2006.jpg
Tor Arne Hetland (right) and Jens Arne Svartedal
Born (1974-01-12) January 12, 1974 (age 44)
World Cup career
Individual wins 13
Indiv. podiums 34
Overall titles 0 – (3rd in 2005 and 2006)
Discipline titles 1 – (1 SP)

Tor Arne Hetland (born 12 January 1974) is a Norwegian cross-country skiing coach and a former professional cross-country skier.

Hetland was born in Stavanger. He now lives in Trondheim. While active he represented Byåsen IL ski club. He was coached by Ulf Morten Aune. Hetland is 6 ft 2 in and 12 st 10 lb (178 lb).

World Cup[edit]

Hetland began his career in 1990, but only started competing in the World Cup in 1996/97, where he finished 11th in the long distance standings and 46th in the sprint, finishing 30th in the overall standings. [1]The year after he did much worse, coming 42nd in the long distance, and 78th in the sprint, finishing 62nd overall. For the next three seasons he improved his overall standing and became a main contender in the sprint. In 1998/99 he came 2nd in the sprints, and 23rd in the overall, in 1999/2000 he came 4th in the sprints but had a better long distance season than the one before, and in 2000/01 he came 3rd in the sprints and 12th overall. In 2001/02 he came 13th in the overall standing, whilst finishing the sprint in 6th, and in 2003/04 he came 4th in the sprint, and claimed his first distance points, coming in 37th, and 14th in the overall. The season after, 2004/05 was Hetland's most successful year to date, winning the sprint title, and coming 3rd in the overall standings.

Hetland finished the 2005/06 FIS World Cup season in third place, 259 points behind Tobias Angerer, and 7 points behind fellow countryman Jens Arne Svartedal. He finished third in the sprints, 163 points behind Björn Lind, and 20 points behind Thobias Fredriksson. He was 20th in the distance standings, 632 points behind Angerer.

Hetland has had 23 podium finishes in his World Cup career, 10 in first place, 10 in second place and 3 in third place. He has podiumed at least once every year since 1996/97, except for 1997/98 and 1999/2000. The most podium finishes he has had in one season was in 2004/05 when he had five. He had four in 2005/06 and three for three consecutive seasons from 2000/01. Of his 23 podium finishes all but three have come in sprints. His first non sprint podium was in 1996/97, when he came second in a 50 km race. In 2000/01 he came third in a 15 km race and on 19 November 2005 he won his first distance race (15 km) in Beitostølen, Norway. The victory on this particular course was no great shock as the Beitostølen track is very flat as the tracks on the cross country circuit goes, and when taken into consideration that the Norwegian athletes, much like the larger teams like the Germans, and Russians, are expected to be in near top condition at the beginning of the season so as to secure team selection. His victory in the sprint event in Vernon, Canada on 12 December 2005, was his 100th career race.

World Championships and Olympics[edit]

Hetland has three World championship gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal. Three of his medals (one gold, silver and bronze) were won in the sprint event, his gold came at Lahti in 2001. His silver came at Oberstdorf in 2005 and his bronze at Val di Fiemme in 2003. In 2001 he won a gold in the 4 x 10 km relay, and his other gold medal came in the team sprint in Oberstdorf, which he won with Tore Ruud Hofstad. He has one gold medal and one silver medal from the Winter Olympics. He won the gold in the individual sprint event in 2002 in Salt Lake City, but did not do as well in Pragelato in the 2006 Winter Olympics, coming 10th in the individual sprint. He won his silver in the team sprint in 2006.

Retirement[edit]

Hetland announced his retirement the week of 27 April 2009 to a lingering knee injury and asthma. He stated that he "...[felt]... like I am quitting like I am top".

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[1]

Season titles[edit]

  • 1 title – (1 sprint)
Season
Discipline
2005 Sprint

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 13 victories (11 WC, 2 SWC)
  • 35 podiums (30 WC, 5 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 1995–96 4 February 1996 Germany Reit im Winkl, Germany 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
2  1996–97  15 March 1997 Norway Oslo, Norway 50 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
3 1998–99 27 December 1998 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
4 28 December 1998  Switzerland  Engelberg, Switzerland 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
5  2000–01  8 December 2000 Italy Santa Caterina, Italy 15 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
6 28 December 2000  Switzerland  Engelberg, Switzerland 1.0 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
7 29 December 2000  Switzerland  Engelberg, Switzerland 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
8  2001–02  9 December 2001 Italy Cogne, Italy 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
9 27 December 2001 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
10 29 December 2001 Austria Salzburg, Austria 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 3rd
11  2002–03  26 October 2002 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
12 11 December 2002 Italy Clusone, Italy 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
13 15 December 2002 Italy Cogne, Italy 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 1st
14  2003–04  26 February 2004 Norway Drammen, Norway 1.2 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
15  2004–05  23 October 2004 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
16 4 December 2004  Switzerland  Bern, Switzerland 1.35 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
17 14 December 2004 Italy Asiago, Italy 1.2 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
18 5 March 2005 Finland Lahti, Finland 1.4 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
19 9 March 2005 Norway Drammen, Norway 1.2 km Sprint C World Cup 1st
20  2005–06  22 October 2004 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
21 19 November 2005 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 15 km Individual C World Cup 1st
22 11 December 2005 Canada Vernon, Canada 1.3 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
23 8 January 2006 Estonia Otepää, Estonia 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
24  2006–07  28 October 2006 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
25 25 November 2006 Finland Kuusamo, Finland 1.2 km Sprint C World Cup 3rd
26 13 December 2006 Italy Cogne, Italy 15 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
28 5 January 2007 Italy Asiago, Italy 1.2 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 1st
28 15 February 2007 China Changchun, China 1.3 km Sprint C World Cup 3rd
29 2007–08 15 December 2007 Russia Rybinsk, Russia 30 km Mass Start F World Cup 1st
30 30 December 2007 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic 1.0 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 3rd
31 4 January 2008 Italy Asiago, Italy 1.2 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 3rd
32  2008–09  29 November 2008 Finland Kuusamo, Finland 1.4 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
33 20 December 2008 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
34 29 December 2008 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic 1.3 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 1st
35 20 December 2008 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 1.2 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 2nd

Team podiums[edit]

  • 12 victories – (8 RL, 4 TS)
  • 24 podiums – (15 RL, 9 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1 1995–96 17 March 1996 Norway Oslo, Norway 4 x 5 km Relay F World Cup 1st Bjonviken / Estil / Andersen
2  1997–98  10 March 1998 Sweden Falun, Sweden 10 x 1.6 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Torseth
3  1998–99  29 November 1998 Finland Muonio, Finland 4 x 10 km Relay F World Cup 2nd Bjørndalen / Skjeldal / Dæhlie
4 20 December 1998 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 4 x 10 km Relay M World Cup 1st Bjervig / Jevne / Dæhlie
5 10 January 1999 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 x 10 km Relay M World Cup 3rd Hjelmeset / Jevne / Jermstad
6  1999–00  28 November 1999 Sweden Kiruna, Sweden 4 x 10 km Relay F World Cup 2nd Bjervig / Skjeldal / Alsgaard
7 2000–01 26 November 2000 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 4 x 10 km Relay M World Cup 1st Bjonviken / Hjelmeset / Skjeldal
8 9 December 2000 Italy Santa Caterina, Italy 4 x 5 km Relay M World Cup 1st Estil / Skjeldal / Alsgaard
9 2001–02 27 November 2001 Finland Kuopio, Finland 4 x 10 km Relay M World Cup 1st Hjelmeset / Jevne / Bjerkeli
10 16 December 2001 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 4 x 10 km Relay M World Cup 3rd Estil / Jevne / Alsgaard
11  2002–03  24 November 2002 Sweden Kiruna, Sweden 4 x 10 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Skjeldal / Aukland / Alsgaard
12  2003–04  26 October 2003 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 6 x 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 3rd Bjerkeli
13 7 December 2003 Italy Toblach, Italy 6 x 1.2 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Bjerkeli
14 14 December 2003 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 4 x 10 km Relay M World Cup 1st Aukland / Estil / Skjeldal
15 2004–05 24 October 2004 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 6 x 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Bjerkeli
16 5 December 2004 Switzerland Bern, Switzerland 6 x 1.1 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Svartedal
17 15 December 2004 Italy Asiago, Italy 6 x 1.2 km Team Sprint C World Cup 1st Svartedal
18  2005–06  23 October 2005 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 6 x 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 3rd Rønning
19 20 November 2005 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 4 x 10 km Relay M World Cup 3rd Rønning / Svartedal / Hofstad
20  2006–07  17 December 2006 France La Clusaz, France 4 x 10 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Rønning / Bjørndalen / Northug
21  2007–08  28 October 2007 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 6 x 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Kjølstad
22 25 November 2007 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 4 x 10 km Relay M World Cup 1st Sundby / Svartedal / Hofstad
23 2008–09 7 December 2008 France La Clusaz, France 4 x 10 km Relay M World Cup 1st Sundby / Gjerdalen / Northug
24 21 December 2008 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 6 x 1.5 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Hattestad

Personal life[edit]

Hetland's parents are farmers in Helleland in Eigersund municipality in southwestern Norway.

In August 2004 he married Guri Knotten, his partner of ten years.

He is the only athlete from the county of Rogaland who have won a Winter Olympic Gold Medal.

He speaks Norwegian, English, and German, and enjoys telemark skiing, golf, rock climbing, hiking, football, watching television, and is a certified scuba diver.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "HETLAND Tor Arne". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 1 February 2018.