Torjus and Mikkjel Hemmestveit were born in Kviteseid in Telemark county, Norway. They were from the village of Morgedal, whose most famous resident was Sondre Norheim, commonly referred to as the father of modern skiing. The brothers had a key role in the development of Telemark skiing by creating the world's first skiing school in 1881 at Christiania, Norway (now Oslo).
The brothers emigrated to the United States in the late 19th century and ran several ski schools there. They changed the spelling of their surname to Hemmestvedt in the United States. They competed in The Aurora Ski Club in Red Wing, Minnesota. Torgus Hemmestvedt died on 7 June 1930 in Pennington County, Minnesota.
- Sondre in the History of Skiing (Sondre Norheim- the Skiing Pioneer of Telemark)
- "MNHS Death Certificate Index - Hemmestvedt, Torgus". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
- Holmenkollen medalists - click Holmenkollmedaljen for downloadable pdf file (Norwegian)
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