Date of Birth:
City/State of Birth:
Passed away in Greeley, Colorado at age 83, August 18, 2012
Olympics and Events Attended:
1960 Olympics, Squaw Valley, California, USA - Ski-Jumping
1964 Olympics, Innsbruck, Austria - Ski Jumping
Samuelstuen began skiing at the age of three in Brothum, Norway. He won his first competition while in the 1st grade and became an accomplished jumper before immigrating to the United States in 1954. Samuelstuen joined the Steamboat Winter Sports Club in Steamboat in 1951 while he was still a member of the Norwegian Air Force. He lived in Steamboat Springs for only one winter but competed for the Winter Sports Club for 10 years. In that time he became legendary for breaking the national jumping distance record on Howelsen Hill with a jump of 316 feet in 1951, a record that held until the 1960's. Other accomplishments include becoming the four-time class A Champion on Howelsen Hill in 1951, 1959, 1962, and 1963, eleven-time national jumping distance championship competitor from 1955-1965, the first skier to win the U.S. Nationals three times, the North American Champion from 1955-1962 and the top U.S. finisher in the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley with seventh place.
After retiring in 1965 from competition, Samuelstuen turned to coaching. As a coach-player for the University of Denver during the 1965-66 season his ski team won every tournament it entered. Never losing the love of competition, he was still competing for the Ball Corporation's ski team in the 1980's.In 2009, he was entered into the National Ski Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was entered into the National Ski Hall of Fame.