Statue in Morgedal
With 20 ski veterans as guard of honour, the Sondre statue was unveiled in the centre of Morgedal by HM King Olav on January 16, 1988. About 2,000 people attended the ceremony on a beautiful winter day.
Eivind Strondi was the
master of ceremonies, and among the guests were official representatives
Dakota, Canada and
Telemark. The organizing committees were represented by Chester Reiten and
Ragnhild Hagen. Chairman of the Morgedal Sports Club, Asbjørn Gåsdalen,
thanked the committees for all their efforts in making this project a
The message brought friendly wishes that young people should live out the joy of skiing that Sondre had, in peaceful competition, first of all to participate, not to win. Norwegian ski star and giant slalom gold winner from the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Stein Eriksen, read the same text as he later introduced the message at the Olympic stadium in Calgary.
© 2002-2012 by Anne-Gry Blikom and Eivind Molde