Full name: Ole Martin EllefsÃ¦ter
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: February 15, 1939 in Furnes, Ringsaker, Hedmark, Norway
Affiliations: Nybygda IL, Ringsaker (NOR)
Sport: Cross Country Skiing
Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)
Ole EllefsÃ¦ter grew up in Ringsaker, a municipality neighboring the town of Hamar. In 1958, at the age of 19 he was Norwegian junior champion in 10 km cross country. He was Norwegian senior champion three times, 15 km in 1964 and 50 km in 1965 and 1967. His international breakthrough as a cross country skier came at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games, placing 8th in the 50 km race. In the 1966 World Championships in Oslo he was a member of the gold medal winning relay team, won a silver medal in 15 km and placed fourth in the 50 km race. In 1967 he had a great season as a 50 km skier, winning both the Norwegian Championships and the big international competitions in Holmenkollen and Lahti. His two gold medals in the 1968 Olympics were therefore unsurprising. In 1971 he was the first Norwegian skier to win the famous Vasaloppet in Sweden, being persuaded to compete by his Swedish friend [Bjarne Andersson], who was second in the race. He finished his Olympic career by placing 10th in 50 km at the 1972 Winter Olympics, aged 33.
EllefsÃ¦ter was also an excellent track athlete, winning six Norwegian championships in the 3000 m steeplechase in a row from 1960-65. In 1962, he almost created a sensation in a national dual match against Yugoslavia at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, winning the 3000 m steeplechase in 8:43.8, only 1.4 seconds behind Olympic bronze medalist [Ernst Larsenâs] Norwegian record and only 13 seconds behind the world record. He was selected for the 1962 European Athletic Championships, but was unable to qualify for the final.
Ole EllefsÃ¦ter also had success as a singer. His single âHuldreslÃ¥ttenâ from 1966 became a national hit and sold over 25,000 copies. In the summer of 1968 he had another hit with âAlle kluter tilâ, the text focusing on the recent Norwegian Olympic success in Grenoble. He published two LP-records, âViser og gamle takterâ (1967) and âI godt lagâ (1969), lyrics mostly written by his neighbor, the author Guttorm P. Haugen (1911-).
Ole EllefsÃ¦ter worked several years as a lumberjack, and later studied to be a forestry technician. He got his nickname âUteliggerâ (Homeless) from his skiing teammates after a long training session in the forests around his home. He was taken by surprise by the darkness, and was forced to stay the night in the forest with no shelter.
For his accomplishments in cross-country skiing and athletics, EllefsÃ¦ter received the Egebergs Ãrespris in 1965. In 1967 he was awarded The Holmenkollen Medal. A statue of him is raised in Brumunddal, the center of his home municipality of Ringsaker.
|1964 Winter||24||Innsbruck||Cross Country Skiing||Men's 15 kilometres||Norway||NOR||25|
|1964 Winter||24||Innsbruck||Cross Country Skiing||Men's 30 kilometres||Norway||NOR||AC||DQ|
|1964 Winter||24||Innsbruck||Cross Country Skiing||Men's 50 kilometres||Norway||NOR||8|
|1968 Winter||28||Grenoble||Cross Country Skiing||Men's 50 kilometres||Norway||NOR||1||Gold|
|1968 Winter||28||Grenoble||Cross Country Skiing||Men's 4 Ã 10 kilometres Relay||Norway||NOR||1||Gold|
|1972 Winter||32||Sapporo||Cross Country Skiing||Men's 30 kilometres||Norway||NOR||31|
|1972 Winter||32||Sapporo||Cross Country Skiing||Men's 50 kilometres||Norway||NOR||10|
|1964 Winter||24||Innsbruck||Cross Country Skiing||Norway||Final Standings||25||55:10.8||18:47.8||18||38:55.8||25|
|1964 Winter||24||Innsbruck||Cross Country Skiing||Norway||Final Standings||AC||DQ|
|1972 Winter||32||Sapporo||Cross Country Skiing||Norway||Final Standings||31||1-44:25.21||31:24.97||20||1-09:55.62||31|
|1964 Winter||24||Innsbruck||Cross Country Skiing||Norway||Final Standings||8||2-47:45.8||33:44||14||1-21:09||14||1-56:45||11|
|1968 Winter||28||Grenoble||Cross Country Skiing||Norway||Final Standings||1||2-28:45.8||47:53.8||2||1-11:39.5||1||2-03:11.3||1|
|1972 Winter||32||Sapporo||Cross Country Skiing||Norway||Final Standings||10||2-46:46.94||48:19.18||2||1-20:02.66||7||2-12:58.32||10|
|1968 Winter||28||Grenoble||Cross Country Skiing||Norway||NOR||Final Standings||1||32:17.2||2-08:33.5||1|