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Jon Istad

Full name: Jon Istad
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: July 29, 1937 in Voss, Hordaland, Norway
Died: May 17, 2012 in Voss, Hordaland, Norway
Affiliations: Voss IL, Voss (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Biathlon

Related Olympians: Father of Sverre Istad; Uncle of Gro Marit Istad Kristiansen.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Jon Istad had his breakthrough as a sports shooter in 1957 when he was the best shooter under the age of 20 at the Norwegian Championships in rifle shooting. Two years later, still not 22, he won the Norwegian Championships. At that time biathlon developed as a competitive sport, and Istad combined those two sports in an excellent way. He was Norwegian Champion in biathlon five times – 1963 and 1966-69. In 1966 Istad became Norway’s second individual World Champion in biathlon when he won the 20 km event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and won another gold medal as a member of the Norwegian relay team. His third World Championships gold medal came in 1967 in the relay, when he also finished third in the 20 km event. At the 1968 Grenoble Olympics Istad won a silver medal in the relay, and then finished his biathlon career after the 1969 season. He died in his birthplace of Voss in 2012, aged 74. Jon Istad’s son, Sverre Istad, competed in biathlon at the 1988 Winter Games, and his niece Gro Marit Istad Kristiansen was on the Norwegian biathlon team in the Olympics 2002, 2006 and 2002.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Winter 22 Squaw Valley Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Norway NOR 11
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Norway NOR 11
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Norway NOR 11
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Norway NOR 2 Silver

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank AT M ST SR S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R P S1P S2P S3P S4P
1960 Winter 22 Squaw Valley Biathlon Norway Final Standings 11 1-44:53.5 4 1-36:53.5 26 1 29:14 12 1 45:44 16 2 1-08:01 14 0 1-23:02 11
1964 Winter 26 Innsbruck Biathlon Norway Final Standings 11 1-29:24.8 3 1-23:24.8 14 1 25:54 13 0 44:10 7 1 51:40 10 1 1-15:26 10
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Biathlon Norway Final Standings 11 1-21:43.1 1-19:43.1 24 15:39 5 36:21 8 52:12 10 1-12:55 10 2 0 1 1 0

Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M ET ER
1968 Winter 30 Grenoble Biathlon Norway NOR Final Standings 2 33:04.9 2 2-14:50.2 2
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