Photo Gallery - Morgedal
All photos i Morgedal Gallery by Eivind Molde
Photo Gallery - Øverbø
All photos i Øverbø Gallery by Eivind Molde
Photo Gallery - Special Events in Morgedal
1952: Parade of flags at the Sondre memorial stone where all nations participating in the Winter Games are represented.
Finn Qvale greets the torchbearer from Øverbø. Olav Bjaaland stands to the right. From here the Torch Relay sets off, heading for Bislett Stadium in Oslo, 200 kilometres away.
Courtesy of Eivind Strondi
North Dakota Governor Edward Schafer is picking up a branch of the torch in Skien.
The torch is brought to North Dakota, where ceremonies are held at Sondre’s gravesite and at the Sondre statue (see the pictures from Dakota in the gallery Special Events in Minot and Denbigh).
Photo by Per-Eirik Hekkelstrand, Varden
Photo Gallery - Special Events in Minot and Denbigh
2008: Genealogist David Gunderson lays a bouquet of roses on the Rannei Åmundsdotter Memorial Marker.
The marker for Rannei, Sondre's wife, was dedicated by Mr. Gunderson, a great, grand nephew of Rannei. He was instrumental in providing the year and date of Rannei's death, as well as coordinating the purchase of the memorial marker. Telelaget of America was a major contributor for the marker.
Photo by Mary Cross
Tarjei Gjelstad and David Gunderson in Norway Lutheran Church.
Mr. Gunderson, the genealogist of Hadeland Lag of America, receives a model of an old Sondre Norheim ski from Tarjei Gjelstad, director of Norwegian Ski Adventure Centre (Norsk Skieventyr) in Morgedal. The gift is a remembrance for the work Mr. Gunderson has done in providing the year and date of Rannei Åmundsdotter's death, as well as supplying the death certificate for Rannei, his great, grand aunt, Sondre's wife.
Photo by Bjarne Råmunddal
Photo Gallery - The Memorials
The Rannei Åmundsdotter Memorial Marker.
The marker for Rannei, Sondre's wife, was dedicated at the gravesite September 30, 2008. Telelaget of America was a major contributor for the marker. The other contributors were one great, grand nephew, two great, grand nieces and one cousin.
Photo by David Gunderson
Photo Gallery - The Flame in Morgedal, Minot and Squaw Valley
In December 1993, a branch of the fire from Morgedal was brought to Minot, North Dakota, not far from the place where Sondre is buried.
The eternal flame is still burning in the Scandinavian Heritage Park, close to the Sondre statue. The Sondre Norheim Eternal Flame Monument is designed by artist Sheldon Larson of Minot. The five aluminium skis symbolize the five Nordic countries. The globe represents the many contributions to the sport of skiing that Sondre gave to the world.
Photo by Craig Nansen
Photo Gallery - Telemark Skiing Around the World
Location: Bagely Icefield, Alaska, USA
Skier: Phil Fortier
Photo: Greg Mueller
Greg reports from Alaska: "The Bagely Icefield is very remote, only being accessable by skiplane. Telemark skiing is very popular in Alaska. There are some clubs here, but most people just put their skis on their shoulders and head for the hills."
Location: Yotei-san, Japan
Skier: K. Yamanoi
Photo: Keiko Kitamura
Keiko reports from Japan: "Telemark skiing has become more and more popular in Japan. You can find at least one telemarker in any local ski area. There are nine official series races in a season. Backcountry skiing is in fashion now, and the most of them use Telemark gears in the mountains, since mountains in Japan are fitted for Telemark skiing."
Location: Mount Sannine, Cedars region, Lebanon
Provided by www.skileb.com
Our contact in Lebanon reports: "Telemark skiing is indeed practiced in Lebanon by very few people. The picture show Telemark skiers experiencing hors piste slopes in the Cedars region. There is no Telemark association in Lebanon."
Location: Pyrenees, France
Skiers: Martin Blandhoel (Norway), Thizerry Galiay (France)
Since around 1995 Telemark skiing has become a very popular activity in the Pyrenees. At the French side there are a lot of Telemark events, while freeride activities are more common at the Spanish side.
Location: Mount Libro Aperto, the Apennines, Italy
Provided by Ranieri Kohn
Mount Libro Aperto is located in the area between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. Here, in Apennine Mountains, the conditions for Telemark skiing are very good. In this area there is a school where people can learn Telemark skiing.
Location: Alta, Norway
Skier: Pia C. Robertsen
Photo: Jon Vidar Bull
Courtesy of Halddetoppen Telemarkslaug, Alta, Norway
In Norway - the country where Telemark skiing originated - this style of skiing is very popular, both as a recreational activity and in organized races. There are a lot of Telemark clubs around the country. In the ski resorts, it's very common to see people performing the elegant, dynamic Telemark turns.