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Hallgeir Brenden

Full name: Hallgeir Brenden
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Born: February 10, 1929 in Trysil, Hedmark, Norway
Died: September 21, 2007 in Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway
Affiliations: Vestre Trysil IL, Tørberget (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

In 1956, Hallgeir Brenden became the first cross country skier to successfully defend his Olympic title in the short distance (1952: 18 km, 1956: 15 km). After his second victory in the Italian Cortina, he was congratulated by movie star Sophia Loren, and pictures of her sitting on his lap gained Brenden (brief) world-wide fame. In addition to his individual titles, Brenden gained two silver medals with the Norwegian relay squad at the 1952 and 1960 Olympics. Remarkably, Brenden never medalled at the World Skiing Championships, although technically the Olympics doubled as the World Championships in that era. His other successes included twelve Norwegian titles and three sprint wins at Holmenkollen, as well as the Holmenkollen medal in 1955. In summer, Brenden was a top track athlete, winning the Norwegian steeplechase title in 1953 and 1954, and becoming the first Norwegian to better 9 minutes in that event. In 1952, he was awarded Egebergs ærespris for excelling in two sports. A lumberjack from the tiny town of Tørberget in the municaplity of Tyrsil, a statue of him was unveiled there in 2002.

Results

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 1 49:39 14:45 1 35:28 1
1960 Winter 31 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 12 53:10.3 17:13 11 36:04 9

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 1 1-01:34 27:00 =2

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 14 1-49:29 33:59 12 1-12:25 16
1960 Winter 31 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 9 1-55:19.8 38:00 12 1-16:45 10

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1960 Winter 31 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 9 3-08:23.0 35:20 13 1-30:24 10 2-07:46 9

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1952 Winter 23 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Norway NOR Final Standings 2 34:37 2-23:13 2
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Cross Country Skiing Norway NOR Final Standings 4 34:35 2-21:16 4
1960 Winter 31 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Norway NOR Final Standings 2 34:41.0 1-09:48.0 =1
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