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Martin Jære

Full name: Martin Jære
Gender: Male
Born: January 9, 1920 in Lønset, Oppdal, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Died: December 18, 2015 in Oppdal, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
Affiliations: Lønset IL, Lønset, Oppdal (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Cross Country Skiing


Martin Jære was born on a modest mountain farm in the Storlidalen Valley, 7 kilometers from the village of Lønset 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, Jære 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], “The Bear from Trollheimen” 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 Jære, who had to re-wax his skies three times and ended in a distant 10th, almost half-an-hour behind the Olympic Champion “Mora-Nisse” Karlsson.

Martin Jære 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.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres Norway NOR 10

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R I6T I6R I7T I7R I8T I8R I9T I9R
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Cross Country Skiing Norway Final Standings 10 4-17:11 26:43 13 50:04 12 1-17:34 13 1-32:56 =11 2-00:26 11 2-31:00 13 2-58:10 11 3-28:40 11 3-47:03 10
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