Frode Estil

Frode Estil ( born May 31, 1972 in Lierne, Nord-Trøndelag ) is a retired Norwegian cross-country skier. He was considered one of the world's best cross-country skiers in the classic style. Except for the pursuit race being run half in freestyle, Estil won all his successes in this running technique.

  • 3.1 Individual
  • 3.2 Team


Estil won his first World Cup race in 1999, a 30 - km race in Davos. In the course of his career, followed by three more wins, six second places and eight third places. His best finish in the World Cup he achieved in the 2001/ 02 season, when he finished fifth.

At the Olympic Winter Games in 2002 Estil won gold in the 20 km pursuit race and with the relay and silver over 15 km. The pursuit race he finished the same time as Thomas Alsgaard in second place. But winner Johann Mühlegg was found guilty of doping and disqualified in February 2004 by the IOC. Alsgaard and Estil were both awarded the gold medal. At the Olympic Winter Games 2006, a silver medal in the 30 km pursuit race was added. Shortly after the start, he crashed after a Ski break, began a comeback from last place to the top and got the winner Yevgeny Dementiev only 1.6 seconds.

At the 2001 World Cup Estil won silver over 30 km, at the 2003 World Championships Bronze 15 km and 30 km. In the 2005 World Cup, he won the bronze medal in the 30 km pursuit race and became world champion over 50 km. His last medal he won at the World Cup in Sapporo 2007, when he was 50 km Second.

After the 2006/ 07 season Estil finished his World Cup career. But he still occurs in at FIS races and the FIS Marathon Cup.

In 2007 he was awarded the Holmenkollen medal. He lives in Meråker, is married and has a son.


Olympic Winter Games

  • 2002 Salt Lake City: Gold in the Pursuit, gold in the relay, silver over 15km
  • Turin 2006: Silver in the pursuit race

Nordic World Ski Championships

  • 2001 in Lahti: Gold in the relay, silver over 30 km
  • 2003 in Val di Fiemme: Gold in the relay, bronze over 15 km, bronze over 30 km
  • 2005 in Oberstdorf: Gold in the relay, gold over 50 km, bronze in pursuit race
  • In Sapporo 2007: Silver 50 km

World Cup wins


1 at the same time with Anders Aukland


1 with Anders Aukland, Kristen Skjeldal and Thomas Alsgaard 2 with Anders Aukland, Tore Ruud Hofstad and Thomas Alsgaard 3 with Anders Aukland, Kristen Skjeldal Tor Arne Hetland and 4 with Jens Arne Svartedal, Odd - Bjørn Tore Ruud Hofstad and Hjelmeset 5 with Øystein Pettersen, Odd - Bjørn Hjelmeset and Petter Northug