Alpine legend Inger Bjørnbakken is dead

The Norwegian alpine pioneer Inger Bjørnbakken is dead, 87 years old.

The family confirms Bjørnbakken’s death opposite VG.

It is with great sadness that we have received the news of Inger Bjørnbakken’s death. Our thoughts go first and foremost to family and close friends, says ski president Erik Røste in a statement sent to NTB.

In 1958, Bjørnbakken won World Cup gold in downhill skiing in Bad Gastein, Austria. She is still Norway’s only female world champion in alpine skiing.

– She was a pioneer among our female alpinists and the sporting highlight was World Cup gold in slalom in 1958, says Røste.

Bjørnbakken participated in two Olympic Games. She was awarded the Holmenkoll Medal and Morgenbladet’s Gold Medal for her sporting achievements.

Bjørnbakken also took a number of NM golds in his eventful career.

(© NTB)

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Source: Nettavisen by www.nettavisen.no.

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