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Tormod Knutsen

Full name: Tormod Kåre Knutsen
Gender: Male
Born: January 7, 1932 in Eidsvoll, Akershus, Norway
Affiliations: Eidsvold Værk SK, Eidsvoll (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Nordic Combined

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Tormod Knutsen was a promising ski jumper as a teenager, winning the 1949 Norwegian Youth Championships and the 1951 Junior Championship. In 1954 he switched his concentration to Nordic combined, and won the bronze medal in his first national championships in the event, in 1955. He went to the 1956 Winter Olympics as a substitute, but Gunder Gundersen injured his arm two days before the competition and Knutsen was placed on the team, and he finished sixth, only 2.6 points out of silver. In 1958 Knutsen won at Holmenkollen, and after winning national championship gold medals in both 1959 and 1960, he was highly favored for the Olympic gold at Squaw Valley. Before leaving for Squaw Valley, Knutsen surprised everybody by winning a silver medal at the Norwegian Championships in ski jumping. In Squaw Valley, a newcomer from West Germany, Georg Thoma, led the jumping, but the Norwegians considered him a weak cross-country skier and reckoned Knutsen for a gold medal. However, Thoma surprised everybody in the cross-country, skiing 7.2 seconds faster than Knutsen and was a clear winner, with the Norwegian taking silver. Thoma dominated the international scene in Nordic combined in the following years, but Knutsen continued to compete, placing fourth at the 1962 World Championships. After winning two more national championships (1963 and 1964), he felt well prepared for the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics. He placed second in the jumping section, only 2.2 points behind Thoma, but Knutsen was over 1½ minutes better than Thoma in cross-country and won the gold medal comfortably. Thoma got revenge over Knutsen by winning at Holmenkollen later in the season, where Knutsen was a distant sixth, after which the 32-year-old Norwegian ended his career, with his old dream of an Olympic gold medal having come true.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Nordic Combined Men's Individual Norway NOR 6
1960 Winter 28 Squaw Valley Nordic Combined Men's Individual Norway NOR 2 Silver
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Men's Individual Norway NOR 1 Gold

Men's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D DP SP J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Nordic Combined Norway Final Standings 6 435.000
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill 10T 203.0
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 1 26 non-scoring 89.5 63.5 48.0 41.5 13.5 14.0 14.0 13.5 14.5
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 2 8 103.5 70.5 54.0 49.5 16.0 17.0 16.0 16.5 17.0
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 3 10T 99.5 69.0 52.0 47.5 15.0 15.5 16.0 16.5 16.0
1956 Winter 24 Cortina d'Ampezzo Nordic Combined Norway Cross Country Skiing, 15 kilometres 9 232.000 58:22 16:02 10 35:29 8
1960 Winter 28 Squaw Valley Nordic Combined Norway Final Standings 2 453.000
1960 Winter 28 Squaw Valley Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill 4 217.0
1960 Winter 28 Squaw Valley Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 1 4 107.0 61.5 57.5 49.5 15.5 16.5 16.5 16.5 16.5
1960 Winter 28 Squaw Valley Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 2 8 non-scoring 104.5 64.5 55.5 49.0 16.0 16.5 16.5 16.0 17.0
1960 Winter 28 Squaw Valley Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 3 3T 110.0 67.0 59.0 51.0 16.0 17.5 17.0 17.0 17.0
1960 Winter 28 Squaw Valley Nordic Combined Norway Cross Country Skiing, 15 kilometres 5 236.000 59:31.0 18:43 4 39:04 4
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Norway Final Standings 1 469.28
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill 2 238.9
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 1 2 120.8 74.0 61.8 59.0 17.5 16.0 17.0 16.0 16.5
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 2 2 118.1 72.0 60.0 58.1 16.5 16.5 16.5 17.0 16.5
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Norway Ski Jumping, Normal Hill Jump 3 8 non-scoring 110.2 65.0 52.1 58.1 15.5 15.5 16.5 16.5 16.0
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Nordic Combined Norway Cross Country Skiing, 15 kilometres 4 230.38 50:58.6 18:31 4 36:24 3
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