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Willis Stuart Olson
was an American
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ski jumper who competed during the 1950s. He was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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. He won the NCAA ski jumping
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championships for the University of Denver
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and finished 22nd in the individual large hill event at the 1952 Winter Olympics
The 1952 Winter Olympics, officially known as the VI Olympic Winter Games, took place in Oslo, Norway, from 14 to 25 February 1952. Discussions about Oslo hosting the Winter Olympic Games began as early as 1935; the city wanted to host the 1948 Games, but World War II made that impossible...
Oslo is a municipality, as well as the capital and most populous city in Norway. As a municipality , it was established on 1 January 1838. Founded around 1048 by King Harald III of Norway, the city was largely destroyed by fire in 1624. The city was moved under the reign of Denmark–Norway's King...
Olson was inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1972.