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Charlie Akers

Full name: Charles Arthur "Charlie" Akers
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: July 12, 1939 in Rumford, Maine, United States
Died: July 2016 in Palmer, Alaska, United States
Affiliations: U.S. Army/University of Maine
Country: USA United States
Sport: Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing


Charlie Akers grew up in the western Maine town of Andover, where he dominated interscholastic cross-country competition in high school. He later entered the University of Maine and won the NCAA cross-country title in both 1959 and 1961. Akers joined the Army after college graduation in 1961, competing with the Army Biathlon Training Group. In addition to his two Olympic appearances, Akers competed for the US at the 1962 and 1962 World Biathlon Championships. After Army discharge, he settled in Palmer, Alaska, where he joined the National Ski Patrol, becoming a certified patrolman, worked in education as a teacher and principal, and became a bush pilot with Alaskan Mountain Air. Akers was a member of the Fish and Game Advisory Board for many years. He also was on the Greater Palmer Fire Service Area Board for over 20 years, and was a Palmer Volunteer Firefighter for 33 years. He was later made a member of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Winter 20 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres United States USA 50
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Biathlon Men's 20 kilometres United States USA 16

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1960 Winter 20 Squaw Valley Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 50 1-02:35.7 19:41 48 42:29 50

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
1964 Winter 24 Innsbruck Biathlon United States Final Standings 16 1-32:24.9 2 1-28:24.9 28 1 28:08 26 0 47:45 20 1 55:06 22 0 1-17:58 15
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