Full name: Gunnar Adolf Gundersen
Height: 6'6" (197 cm)
Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
Born: May 21, 1956 in Flisa, Åsnes, Hedmark, Norway
Affiliations: Åsnes Idrettslag
Gunnar Gundersen was Norway’s dominant medley swimmer in the mid-1970s, winning 18 national championship titles in the years 1973-76 and setting a total of 23 Norwegian records, most of them in the medley events. He was Nordic Champion in the 200 m medley in 1973. In 1975 he received a scholarship from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied economics. After the 1976 Olympics he quit top-level sport and gave priority to his studies. He finished his degree in economics in 1979, and after that he specialized in forestry economy at the U Cal Berkeley. After working three years as a research assistant at the Norwegian College of Agriculture, he became a successful businessman in his home municipality Åsnes. In 2005 he was elected as a member of the Norwegian parliament (Storting) for the Conservative Party (Høyre), and in September 2009 he was re-elected for another four-year term. His old swimming coach, Lars Petter Heggelund has been the mayor of Åsnes since 2007, representing the Liberal Party (Venstre).
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