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Magnar Solberg

Full name: Magnar Solberg
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: February 4, 1937 in Soknedal, Midtre Gauldal, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Affiliations: Heimevernsdistrikt 12, Trondheim
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Biathlon

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Magnar Solberg was the first biathlete to defend the Olympic gold medal in the individual event, winning in 1968 and 1972, and still remains the only biathlete to win the 20 km twice, the original Olympic biathlon event. Solberg was not as successful at the World Championships, winning three silver medals in the biathlon relay in 1969-71, and bronze in the individual event in 1969 and 1971. His first major accomplishment was helping win the relay at the 1967 Nordic Championships, and winning the bronze medal in the individual at that competition. He won two further relay titles and added an individual silver at later Nordic Championships. Solberg was Norwegian Champion in 1982.

In 1968 Solberg was awarded the Morgenbladets Gullmedalje. For his career achievements, he was chosen as the Norwegian flagbearer at the 1972 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony, and in 1994 at Lillehammer, was one of the 16 former Norwegian athletes chosen to bring in the Olympic Flag at the Opening Ceremony.

Solberg was a police officer by profession for most of his career. He is remembered in that regard for his work on a murder investigation against Fritz Moen. Solberg was accused of changing the murder victim’s time of death to dismiss the alibi given by Moen. He later admitted to wrongdoing stating, “I took part in the great mistake, along with many others.” After his retirement from the police force, Solberg worked in the insurance industry.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Winter 31 Grenoble Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Norway NOR 1 Gold
1968 Winter 31 Grenoble Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Norway NOR 2 Silver
1972 Winter 34 Sapporo Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres Norway NOR 1 Gold
1972 Winter 34 Sapporo Biathlon Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Norway NOR 4

Men's 20 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank AT P ST SR S1P S1T S1R S2P S2T S2R S3P S3T S3R S4P S4T S4R
1968 Winter 31 Grenoble Biathlon Norway Final Standings 1 1-13:45.9 0 1-13:45.9 2 0 14:52 2 0 33:10 1 0 46:48 1 0 1-05:57 1
1972 Winter 34 Sapporo Biathlon Norway Final Standings 1 1-15:55.50 2 1-13:55.50 4 0 16:44.92 1 1 35:18.63 8 1 51:34.82 4 0 1-07:38.85 1

Men's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M ET ER ES S1M S1ES S2M S2ES
1968 Winter 31 Grenoble Biathlon Norway NOR Final Standings 2 32:26.4 0 1-41:45.3 2
1972 Winter 34 Sapporo Biathlon Norway NOR Final Standings 4 28:34.78 1 1-56:24.41 3 6 0 3 1 3