Harald Grønningen, Norwegian cross-country skier, Died at 81


Harald Grønningen was born on October 9, 1934, in Lensvik and died on August 26, 2016.

He was a Norwegian cross country skier.

He competed during the 1960s, earning five winter Olympics and two world championship medals.

Also, he has won nine Norwegian championship titles and received the King’s cup in 1963 and 1967.

Grønningen won the 15 km twice (1960 and 1961) at the Holmenkollen ski festival and earned the Holmenkollen medal in 1961.

Harald was also an able long distance runner.

Grønningen personal best times were 15:03.2 minutes in the 5000 metres, achieved in September 1963 at Trondheim stadion, and 31:04.6 minutes in the 10,000 metres, achieved in September 1961 at the same stadium.

Grønningen represented the club Lensvik IL.

Harald Grønningen passed away at 81 years old.