Sondre Norheim: The father of modern skiing

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He Brought the Joy of Skiing to the World...For centuries skiing was something people did because they had to. In a country with long distances between the small, isolated communities and hard, snowy winters, skiing was important as a means of keeping in social contact with each other. And for the hunter and the farmer skis were a necessity. The legendary Norwegian skier Sondre Norheim played a crucial role as skiing during the later 19th century changed into enjoyment and sports. Sondre loved to have fun on the slopes and he experimented with new equipment and skiing styles. The Telemark style and the equipment used by Sondre and his fellow skiers became a model in the developments of skiing as a sport, both in Norway and abroad. Sondre was one of the many Norwegians who immigrated to the United States. After his death, this poor cotter from Morgedal, Telemark became recognized worldwide as the Father of Modern Skiing. This is a book about the fascinating life of a remarkable man. Its also about his place in the history of skiing, about his skiing technique, about the Olympic Torch ceremonies held in Morgedal and also about how he has been honored after his death, both in Norway and the United States. Its a book about Sondre - the acrobatic master of the slopes - a man whose traces in the snow always will be visible.

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Anne-Gry Blikom is working as a teacher and writer, while Eivind Molde is a reporter in the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). Both are based in Oslo.

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