Anders Gaugen


May 25, 2022

Anders Olsen Haugen (November 24, 1888, Bee, Telemark, Norway - April 14, 1984, San Bernardino, California, USA) was an American skier and ski jumper of Norwegian descent, a bronze medalist at the first Winter Olympics.


Anders was born in the commune of Norwegian county Telemark. In 1909, he and his brother Lars emigrated to the United States, where they began farming. Here, near Lake Nagavik, west of Milwaukee, they built a ski jump together with the city's ski club. From 1910 to 1920, the Gaugen brothers became 11-time US champion in the springboard. On February 19, 1911, Anders set a world record by jumping 152 feet at the National Championships in Michigan. In 1919, by jumping 213 feet, he regained the title of world record holder, and on February 29, 1920, he improved his figure to 214 feet. Anders was elected captain of the US ski team that went to the 1924 Olympic Games in Chamonix. During the springboard competition, he "flew" further than all his competitors, the Norwegians Jakob Tullin Tams, Narve Bonn and Torleif Geug, but the technique failed, and the athlete almost fell on the landing. As a result, Anders took only fourth place. Gaugen was only thirty-third in the 18-kilometer race. Therefore, in the ski duel, which summed up the results of the two previous competitions, Gauguin took only twenty-first place. At the 1928 Olympic Games in St. Moritz, Gauguin again competed in the same disciplines. Again, the best result was in the springboard, where Gauguin was eighteenth. In the eighteen-kilometer race, Gauguin came in forty-third, and in the ski duel he took the twenty-fifth place. In 1963, Anders Gaugen was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame. In 1974, at a meeting marking the 50th anniversary of Norway's team victory at the Chamonix Games, skier Toralf Stremstad, who took part in the Olympics, asked sports historian Jakob Waage why the bronze medal went to Geug and not to Gauguin. Having studied the archives, the historian came to the conclusion that in summing up the judge made mistakes in calculating grades, adding G