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Birger Ruud Biography

A Family Of Ski Jumpers, The War Intervenes, Chronology, Further Information, Awards And Accomplishments

1911-1998

Norwegian ski jumper

In Norway, Birger Ruud is a national hero. He was not only a champion ski jumper; he was also a fierce patriot. He won two Olympic gold medals and one silver. In world championships, he won three gold medals and one silver. During World War II he joined the Resistance and used his skiing skills to subvert the Nazis who had invaded his country. His skill was the result of a combination of inborn athletic ability and the terrain of his homeland.

Sketch by Eve M. B. Hermann

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Famous Sports StarsSkiing