Hallgeir BRENDEN

Cross-Country

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
    2 S
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Oslo 1952
  • Year of Birth
    1929
Olympic Results

Biography

Hallgeir BRENDEN

In 1956, Hallgeir Brenden became the first cross country skier to successfully defend his Olympic title in the short distance (1952: 18 km, 1956: 15 km). After his second victory in the Italian Cortina, he was congratulated by movie star Sophia Loren, and pictures of her sitting on his lap gained Brenden (brief) world-wide fame. In addition to his individual titles, Brenden gained two silver medals with the Norwegian relay squad at the 1952 and 1960 Olympics. Remarkably, Brenden never medalled at the World Skiing Championships, although technically the Olympics doubled as the World Championships in that era. His other successes included twelve Norwegian titles and three sprint wins at Holmenkollen, as well as the Holmenkollen medal in 1955. In summer, Brenden was a top track athlete, winning the Norwegian steeplechase title in 1953 and 1954, and becoming the first Norwegian to better 9 minutes in that event. In 1952, he was awarded Egebergs ærespris for excelling in two sports. A lumberjack from the tiny town of Tørberget in the municaplity of Tyrsil, a statue of him was unveiled there in 2002.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Squaw Valley 1960

#12
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#9
30 kilometres
30 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#9
50 kilometres
50 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
S
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956

G
15 kilometres
15 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#14
30 kilometres
30 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
#4
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Oslo 1952

G
18 kilometres
18 kilometres Cross Country Skiing
S
4 × 10 kilometres Relay
4 × 10 kilometres Relay Cross Country Skiing