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George Hovland, Jr.

Full name: George J. Hovland, Jr.
Gender: Male
Born: June 10, 1926 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Affiliations: Sun Valley Ski Club, Sun Valley (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Biography

George Hovland competed in the 1952 Winter Olympics, but has really never stopped competing. He has raced in every American Birkebeiner, save one, since its inception in 1973, and has won his age group over 10 times. He also was the first non-European to compete in the Vasaloppet Race in Sweden, over 90 km. Hovland founded the Spirit Mountain Ski Area and the Snowflake Nordic Ski Center in Duluth, Minnesota. An all-around skier in his youth, he was a four-time winner of the Central US four-event championship.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 25 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres United States USA 71
1952 Winter 25 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay United States USA 12

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1952 Winter 25 Oslo Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 71 1-18:05 33:40 73

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1952 Winter 25 Oslo Cross Country Skiing United States USA Final Standings 12 44:01 44:01 13