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ERIKSEN Stein
ERIKSEN Stein

Stein ERIKSEN

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His father competed as a gymnast at the 1912 Olympic Games.

Writing Olympic history

Stein was the first skier from outside the Alps to win an Olympic men's Alpine gold medal. At the 1952 Oslo Games, Eriksen won the giant slalom by almost two seconds. A modest champion, he declared, "I had a great advantage over most of the others because I knew the course by heart."

Skiing’s first superstar

Four days later, he added a silver medal in the slalom. He also finished sixth in the downhill. Handsome, stylish and glamorous, Eriksen was skiing's first superstar. Despite his celebrity, Eriksen had a down-to-earth formula for success: "Be tough, be confident. But you will never be a whole and happy person if you aren't humble".

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Gallery

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Slalom Skier

20th February 1952: Norwegian slalom skier, Stein Eriksen finishing second in the men's slalom during the winter Olympics at Oslo. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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Oslo 1952-ERIKSEN Stein (NOR) 6th.
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Oslo 1952-ERIKSEN Stein (NOR) 2nd, giant slalom 1st.
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Oslo 1952-ERIKSEN Stein (NOR) (1st giant slalom and 2nd slalom).

Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 2:25.0
    Skiing
    giant slalom men
    S 2:01.2 .
    Skiing
    slalom men

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