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Olaf Hoffsbakken

Full name: Olaf Hoffsbakken
Gender: Male
Born: September 2, 1908 in Snertingdal, Gjøvik, Oppland, Norway
Died: November 23, 1986 in Gjøvik, Oppland, Norway
Affiliations: Snertingdal IL, Snertingdal, Gjøvik (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Cross Country Skiing, Nordic Combined

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Olaf Hoffsbakken was, together with Oddbjørn Hagen and Hans Vinjarengen, among the world’s leading athletes in Nordic Combined in the mid-1930s. He placed sixth in the 1934 World Championships, advanced to fourth in 1935, when he won bronze in the 18 km race and silver in the relay. After his two silver medals at the 1936 Winter Olympics, Hoffsbakken earned his revenge over Olympic champion Hagen in Holmenkollen one month later. In 1937 he was Norwegian champion, in 1938 won the World Championships, and in 1939 won his second title at Holmenkollen. Hoffsbakken won the well-known 54 km Birkebeinerrennet twice, in 1936 and 1938, in 1938 with the record time of 3-56:34. He worked as a carpenter in his youth, and later worked at a ski factory in Gjøvik.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Norway NOR 5
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nordic Combined Men's Individual Norway NOR 2 Silver
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Norway NOR 2 Silver

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 5 1-17:37

Men's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T D DP SP J1S J2S J3S
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nordic Combined Norway Final Standings 2 419.8
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nordic Combined Norway Cross Country Skiing, 18 kilometres 2 227.8 1-17:37
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill 13 192.0
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 1 13 97.1 47.0 52.6 44.5 15.5 13.0 16.0
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 2 21 94.9 45.5 50.9 44.0 15.0 13.0 16.0

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1936 Winter 27 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Cross Country Skiing Norway NOR Final Standings 2 39:33 1-21:05 1
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