Cross-Country Skiing Legend Passes Away

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.04 - 2023 3:28 PM CET

Cross-Country Skiing Legend Passes Away.

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Ingrid Wigernaes, a pioneering figure in Norwegian women's cross-country skiing, passed away on Saturday at the age of 95.

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Known for her significant contributions to the sport, Wigernaes was a central figure during the first successful era of Norwegian women's cross-country skiing in the 1960s.

Wigernæs, affectionately known as "Jentut’n" (meaning "the girls" in the Hemsedal dialect, her native tongue), was a part of a legendary quartet that included Inger Aufles, Babben Enger Damon, and Berit Moerdre.

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This group was instrumental in bringing Norwegian women's cross-country skiing to the forefront of the sport.

Her daughter, Ine Wigernaes, confirmed her passing to NTB, and the family has consented to the public announcement of her death.

Ingrid Wigernaes's legacy as a trailblazer in women's cross-country skiing remains a significant part of Norwegian sports history.