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Olav Økern

Full name: Olav Nilsen Økern
Gender: Male
Born: June 3, 1911 in Hole, Buskerud, Norway
Died: April 11, 2000 in Hole, Buskerud, Norway
Affiliations: Bærum Skiklubb, Bærum (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Olav Økern had a long career as a cross-country skier. He participated at Holmenkollen for the first time in 1934, and improved steadily in the coming years. In 1938 he skied the second leg for Norway’s cross-country relay team at the World Championships in Lahti, winning a silver medal. His only major victory came in 1940 when he won the 18 km race at Holmenkollen. During World War II he was arrested by the Germans and spent over two years in a concentration camp outside Hamburg. After the war he resumed hard training, and to everybody’s surprise placed 5th in the 18 km race at Holmenkollen in 1946. In the 1948 Olympics, Økern won a bronze medal as a member of the Norwegian cross-country relay team. In 1952, aged 40, he came second in the 50 km race at the Norwegian Championships and was selected for the Oslo Olympics, where he ended his Olympic career with an excellent fourth place, only 15 seconds behind the bronze medalist. Four years later he was still able to earn a prize at Holmenkollen in the 50 km. Most of his life he worked as a lumberjack, and he had a reputation for training very hard. Olav Økern was awarded the Holmenkollen Medal in 1950.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 36 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Men's 18 kilometres Norway NOR 13
1948 Winter 36 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay Norway NOR 3 Bronze
1952 Winter 40 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Norway NOR 4

Men's 18 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Winter 36 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 13 1-20:37

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1952 Winter 40 Oslo Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 4 3-38:45 50:00 3 2-07:30 =6 3-04:20 5

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1948 Winter 36 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Norway NOR Final Standings 3 38:37 1-18:52 3