Finn Hodt, Norwegian speed skating competitor and coach, Died at 96

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Finn Hodt was born on June 16, 1919, in Drammen and died on April 9, 2016.

He was a Norwegian speed skater

Finn competed in the 1950s, and later was a speed skating coach.

Hodt represented the club Drammens SK.

Finn Hodt placed 13th in the 500 metres at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Finn Hodt was the winner of bronze medals at the Norwegian Allround Championship in 1953, 1954 and 1957, and placed first at his favorite distance 500 metres in 1940, 1951, 1953, 1954 and 1957.

Finn was nominated by the Norwegian Skating Union as a member of the team for the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, but his selection was rejected by the Norwegian Olympic Committee due to his collaboration during the German occupation of Norway in World War II.

Along with fellow speed skater Hans Engnestangen, he had been one of the few leading Norwegian athletes not to follow a nationwide boycott of sports events (the “sports strike”) during the occupation.

And, the boycott was launched by the Norwegian sports leadership in response to attempts from 1940 onwards by the collaborationist Quisling regime at nazification of all sports events in Norway.

Hodt was later, a coach for the Norwegian Skating Association.

Hodt was accredited as a coach for the 1964 Winter Olympics and team manager for the 1980 and 1992 Winter Olympics.

Finn then joined the team of speed skater Johann Olav Koss as his team leader, resigning after Koss’ immense success at the 1994 Winter Olympics.

He was awarded the Golden Token, in 1992, the highest award within the Norwegian Skating Association.

Finn Hodt passed away at 96 yrs old.

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