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Fearnley award

Myronstatue Discobolus, in bronze
Grete Waitz, award winner in 1984.
Johann Olav Koss, award winner in 1994.
Ole Einar Bjørndalen, award winner in 2002
Andreas Thorkildsen, award winner in 2004.
Kjetil André Aamodt, award winner in 2006.
National team handball with Marit Breivik as headcoach, became award winners in 2008
Marit Bjørgen, award winner in 2010.

The Fearnley Olympic Award is a Norwegian award created by ship owner Thomas Fearnley (1880–1961) in connection with the winter Olympic games in Oslo 1952 Winter Olympics. The prize is a statue in bronze, modeled by Per Palle Storm, after the antique Hellenic sculptor Myrons statue Discobolus (Discus thrower). The award is given for "outstanding achievements" by a Norwegian Olympic participant. No competitor may win the award more than once.[1]


The first prizes went to the "Skate King" Hjalmar Andersen at the Oslo Winter Olympic Games and to the shooter Erling Kongshaug, who won a very close competition in the Helsinki 1952 Summer Olympic Games.[2] With the exception of the 1964 Summer Olympic Games (where no medals were awarded to Norway) and the Moscow 1980 Summer Olympic Games (boycotted by Norway and other countries) the prize has been awarded for every Olympic Games since 1952.

In 1991, the prize was awarded to sports leader Arne Mollén for long and faithful service to Norwegian Olympic sports. Mollén is so far the only person to have received the award other than for participation in an Olympic event. Mollén's award was also the only one made outside of Olympic years.

In its early years one prize was awarded to an Olympic champion at the winter games and one to an Olympic champion at the summer games but the rules for the prize do not require any such practice. The "Golden Four" from the K4 1000 metres canoe event in 1968 was the first team awarded the Fearnley award. Later the brothers Alf and Frank Hansen (1976), woman national team football team (2000), as well as woman national team handball team (2008), received the award as teams. On two occasions the prize has gone to winners of silver medals, the first time to Grete Waitz who received the award after her silver in the Marathon in 1984. The next such award was to ski jumper Erik Johnsen who was the silver medallist in Ski jumping, large hill, event. At the two games, 1984 Summer Olympics and 1988 Winter Olympics, Norwegian competitors did not won any gold medals. The 1988 Summer Olympics was the first occasion on which two athletes from two different sports at the same Olympics were awarded the prize, Tor Heiestad and Jon Rønningen. Since 1996, when both the 800 meter runner Vebjørn Rodal and paddler Knut Holmann received the award, the Fearnley prize has been awarded to two winners for each summer Olympic Games and one award winner at each Winter Olympics. To date, no team received the award in the field of winter sports.


1952 Winter Olympics, Hjalmar Andersen, Gold 1500, 5000 og 10000 meter, speed skating

1952 Summer Olympics, Erling Kongshaug, Gold in branch sports 50 m rifle

1956 Winter Olympics, Hallgeir Brenden, Gold 15 km cross-country

1956 Summer Olympics, Egil Danielsen, Gold Javelin

1960 Winter Olympics, Knut Johannesen, Gold 10000 meter speed skating

1960 Summer Olympics, Peder Lunde, jr., Gold in sailing, class Flying Dutchman

1964 Winter Olympics, Toralf Engan, Gold in ski jumping, large hill

1964 Summer Olympics, ' ' No assignment ' ' | | (no Norwegian medals) | |

1968 Winter Olympics, Ole Ellefsæter, Gold in the 50 km and the 4 x 10 km relay, cross country skiing

1968 Summer Olympics, Tore Berger, Steinar Amundsen, Egil Søby and Jan Johansen, Gold on the The K4 1000 metres

1972 Winter Olympics, Paal Tyldum, Gold in the 50 km cross country skiing

1972 Summer Olympics, Knut Knudsen, Gold medal in 4000 m paranoia rides on path

1976 Winter Olympics, Sten Stensen, Gold in the 5000 m speed skating

1976 Summer Olympics, Alf and Frank Hansen, Gold in the 2000 m Rowing double sculls

1980 Winter Olympics, Bjørg Eva Jensen, Gold medal in the 3000 m speed skating

1980 Summer Olympics, ' ' No assignment ' ' | | (Norwegian boycott) | |

1984 Winter Olympics, Eirik Kvalfoss, Gold in the 10 km Biathlon

1984 Summer Olympics, Grete Waitz, Silver on the Marathon

1988 Winter Olympics, Erik Johnsen, Silver in ski jumping, large hill

1988 Summer Olympics, Tor Heiestad Jon Rønningen, Gold on the shoot exercise ' ' running wild boar ' Gold ' in wrestling (52 kg), Shooting at the 1988 Summer Olympics Wrestling at the 1988 Summer Olympics

1991, Arne B. Mollén Service for the Norwegian Olympic sport. Among them, the Chairman of the Norway's Olympic Committee from 1969 to 1985.

1992 Winter Olympics, Bjørn Dæhlie, Gold in the 50 km Freestyle, 15 km pursuit and the 4 x 10 km relay, cross country skiing | Nordic skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics, 1992 Summer Olympics, Linda Andersen, Gold in Europe, Sailing at the 1992 Summer Olympics

1994 Winter Olympics, Johann Olav Koss, Gold in the 1500, 5000 and 10000 meters speed skating

1996 Summer Olympics, Vebjørn Rodal, Knut Holmann, Gold on the 800 m K1 1000 metres, Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Canoeing at the 1996 Summer Olympics

1998 Winter Olympics, Ådne Søndrål, Gold in the 1500 metres speed skating

2000 Summer Olympics, Women's national teams in football, Trine Hattestad, Gold in football, Gold in Javelin

2002 Winter Olympics, Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Gold 10 km sprint, the 20 km individual, the 12.5 km pursuit and the 4 x 7.5 km relay biathlon

2004 Summer Olympics, Andreas Thorkildsen, Eirik Verås Larsen, Gold in Javelin, Gold in The k-1 1000 metres

2006 Winter Olympics, Kjetil André Aamodt, Gold Super-G, Alpine skiing

2008 Summer Olympics, Women's national team in handball, Olaf Tufte, Gold in handball, Gold on the single sculls

2010 Winter Olympics, Marit Bjoergen, Gold Classic sprint, the double pursuit and the 4 x 5 km relay cross country skiing

2012 Summer Olympics, Bartosz Piasecki, Silver in fencing


  1. ^ Fearnleys olympiske ærespris, hentet 3. januar 2013
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1952 in Norway,

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