Eriksen (born December 11, 1927) is a Norwegian former professional
alpine skier and Olympic gold medalist. Stein Eriksen won the gold
medal in the Giant Slalom event at the 1952 Winter Olympics, which were
held in Oslo, (Norefjell). He also won a silver medal in the Slalom race.
was the first skier from outside the Alps to win an Olympic men´s
alpine gold medal. Some of his other accomplishments include the fact
that he is credited with devising aerials, a freestyle skiing
event, and he helped revolutionize the world of alpine skiing,
especially in America, where he has served as a ski instructor at many
different ski schools.
his Olympic medals, Eriksen earned the Holmenkollen medal in 1952
(Shared with Torbjørn Falkanger, Heikki Hasu, and Nils Karlsson).
|It is said that Eriksen was skiing´s first superstar,
since he was handsome, stylish, and charismatic. Despite his fame, he
maintained a very down-to-Earth personality. For example, he is quoted
as saying, "Be tough, be confident. But you will never be a whole and
happy person if you aren´t humble".
LIFE IN US
after his success in the Olympics, Eriksen went to America and has
lived there ever since. He worked as an instructor and as a director at
various ski schools across the country. He is currently director of
skiing at the Deer Valley Resort in Utah, and also serves as host of
the Stein Eriksen Lodge, a ski lodge in Deer Valley, Utah (the Lodge
was named in honor of Eriksen, but is not owned by him). Stein is
married, has four children, and currently calls both Utah and Montana
1997, Eriksen was honored by the King of Norway by being awarded the
highest honor that the Norwegian government can give to people living
outside Norway. Stein´s father, Marius Eriksen competed in the
1912 Olympic Games as a gymnast.
Norwegian skiers have always
been most proficient in the nordic events. Any Norwegians who have been
a match for central Europeans in the alpine events have been
exceptions. One such was Stein Eriksen.