The Norwegian superstar changes sports completely after double Olympic gold – now he wants to be the best on skis

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He has won double Olympic gold.
Now Norwegian superstar Olaf Tufte will change sports completely.
– I have many years left at the top, he says at a press conference.

After the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo last summer, the Norwegian chose Olaf Tufte to end his active career. A career that made him one of the best rowers in the world.

Two Olympic golds

Tufte has won double Olympic gold in single sculls both in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. In addition, there has been Olympic silver in double sculls, Olympic bronze and double WC gold in single sculls in 2001 and 2003.

BEIJING, CHINA 20080816: Olaf Tufte of Norway took the gold medal in the men’s single sculls rowing competition during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at Shunyi Olympic Rowing Park, Saturday August 16th, 2008. Photo: Heiko Junge / SCANPIX

But now the career is completely over for the 46-year-old world star. In any case, within rowing for now comes the news that Tufte is starting a completely new sports venture and changing sports completely.

Brand new sport

The Norwegian trades the kayak for boots and will now become the best in the world on skis instead. Tufte is ready for the prestigious Ski Classics long-distance cup, which starts a new season on December 10.

210728 Olaf Tufte of Norway reacts after watching a video greeting from his wife during day 5 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 28, 2021 in Tokyo. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / BILDBYRÅN / code VG / VG0145

The double Olympic gold medalist will compete for Team Kaffebryggeriet and thus become a teammate with the Swedish skiing profile Anna Jönsson The Hague.
– I have many years left at the top, I am young, says the 46-year-old at a press conference according to Norwegian TV2.
– I think it’s fun to help, if I have something to contribute to the tracks. It’s about having fun on skis.

However, Olaf Tufte is not a beginner on skis, but has competed in several long races before. In 2007 he rode the classic Vasaloppet and was noted for 43rd place.

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