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Gunnar Gundersen

Full name: Gunnar Adolf Gundersen
Gender: Male
Height: 6-5.5 (197 cm)
Weight: 205 lbs (93 kg)
Born: May 21, 1956 in Flisa, Åsnes, Hedmark, Norway
Affiliations: Åsnes Idrettslag
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Swimming


Gunnar Gundersen was Norway’s dominant medley swimmer in the mid-1970s, winning 18 national championship titles in the years 1973-76 and setting a total of 23 Norwegian records, most of them in the medley events. He was Nordic Champion in the 200 m medley in 1973. In 1975 he received a scholarship from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied economics. After the 1976 Olympics he quit top-level sport and gave priority to his studies. He finished his degree in economics in 1979, and after that he specialized in forestry economy at the U Cal Berkeley. After working three years as a research assistant at the Norwegian College of Agriculture, he became a successful businessman in his home municipality Åsnes. In 2005 he was elected as a member of the Norwegian parliament (Storting) for the Conservative Party (Høyre), and in September 2009 he was re-elected for another four-year term. His old swimming coach, Lars Petter Heggelund has been the mayor of Åsnes since 2007, representing the Liberal Party (Venstre).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming Men's 400 metres Individual Medley Norway NOR 5 h1 r1/2

Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1cT 1cR 2cT 2cR 3cT 3cR 100-200m 200-300m 300-400m
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Swimming Norway Round One Heat One 5 4:41.05 1:02.84 5 2:15.97 5 3:35.61 4 1:13.13 (5) 1:19.64 (2) 1:05.44 (5)
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