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Oddvar Brå

Full name: Oddvar Brå
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: March 16, 1951 in Hølonda, Melhus, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Affiliations: IL Leik, Hølonda, Melhus (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Oddvar Brå was born on a farm in Hølonda, a small former municipality that has fostered three Olympic medalists in skiing\: Brå, cross-country skier Magnar Estenstad and ski jumper Toralf Engan. Oddvar Brå competed in all five winter Olympics between 1972 and 1988, but failed to win an individual Olympic medal, although he won two silver medals as a member of the Norwegian relay team in 1972 and 1980. An excellent junior skier, he and friend Ivar Formo won several European Junior Champion titles in 1968 and 1970. Brå’s greatest international moment came in 1982 when he became World Champion in the 15 km race. In a dramatic duel with Soviet’s Aleksandr Zavyalov on the last leg of the relay two days later, he broke his pole, yet Norway and Soviet were judged as equal after a very close finish and shared the gold medal. A popular Norwegian expression “Hvor var du da Oddvar Brå brakk staven?” (“Where were you when Oddvar Brå broke his pole?”) emerged from may be the most dramatic moment in Norwegian TV-sport history. Brå had five victories at Holmenkollen, and was the overall winner of the cross-country skiing World Cup in 1975 and 1979. He is still the Norwegian male cross-country skier with the most national championships, with 16, followed by Bjørn Dæhlie 12. Brå withdrew from the international arena after the 1988 season, but continue to compete nationally well into his 40s. He was also an excellent runner, winning the 1984 Norwegian Champion title in 20 km cross-country running. In later years he worked as a coach for young skiers. Brå was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1975 and the Egebergs Ærespris in 1988.

Results

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1972 Winter 20 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 9 46:25.88 15:11.99 12 31:50.31 14
1980 Winter 28 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 9 43:05.64 13:44.95 6 26:32.54 8
1988 Winter 36 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 4 42:17.3 13:18.0 5 29:04.6 =5

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 19 1-34:59.57 32:58.09 26 1-04:56.59 16
1980 Winter 28 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 12 1-30:46.70 29:41.99 16 46:21.52 15 59:55.65 12
1984 Winter 32 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 32 1-36:23.4 23:20.5 37 47:52.8 36 1-11:57.6 35

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings AC DNF
1980 Winter 28 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 7 2-31:46.83 36:39.75 9 51:55.82 12 1-14:24.59 9 2-08:56.66 8

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1972 Winter 20 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Norway NOR Final Standings 2 31:10.38 31:10.38 1
1980 Winter 28 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Norway NOR Final Standings 2 29:18.24 1-58:45.77 2
1988 Winter 36 Calgary Cross Country Skiing Norway NOR Final Standings 6 27:29.7 53:56.2 6