Full name: Martin JÃ¦re
Born: January 9, 1920 in LÃ¸nset, Oppdal, SÃ¸r-TrÃ¸ndelag, Norway
Died: December 18, 2015 in Oppdal, SÃ¸r-TrÃ¸ndelag, Norway
Affiliations: LÃ¸nset IL, LÃ¸nset, Oppdal (NOR)
Sport: Cross Country Skiing
Martin JÃ¦re was born on a modest mountain farm in the Storlidalen Valley, 7 kilometers from the village of LÃ¸nset in the Oppdal community. In winter he had to ski to and from school, which developed his skiing ability. He won his first local cross-country competition at age 20 in 1940, but joined the sports boycott during the German occupation during World War II. At the 1946 Holmenkollen, JÃ¦re finished 10th in the 50 km on borrowed skies.
After placing an impressive third over 50 km at the 1947 Holmenkollen, finishing as the best Norwegian behind the Swedes [Nils Karlsson] and [Arthur Herrdin], âThe Bear from Trollheimenâ was selected for the 1948 Games for his preferred event, the demanding 50 km race. The Olympic 50 km in St. Moritz was a difficult race for JÃ¦re, who had to re-wax his skies three times and ended in a distant 10th, almost half-an-hour behind the Olympic Champion âMora-Nisseâ Karlsson.
Martin JÃ¦re ended his career after the 1949 season, and used his strength on his mountain farm to make a living for his family. At age 93, he moved to a nursing home in the Oppdal municipality center, where he died two years later, almost 96 years of age.
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