He won at the Olympics in Oslo in 1952 the gold medal in the giant slalom. He also won the bronze medal in the slalom. Eriksen was the first male skier outside the Alps to win an Olympic gold medal and World Championship medal in alpine skiing. It was until then only the ladies of the British Ski Federation, in the 1930s, managed to intervene in the domain of the Alpine countries, when they came to World Championship titles. It should be noted in this context that the products listed in the overviews from 1931 World Cup competitions in 1937 were retroactively recognized as World Championships.
The Alpine Skibewerbe at the Olympic Winter Games in Oslo were the same as the World Championships of the International Ski Federation ( Fédération Internationale de Ski / FIS ). Only in 1936 - and then only from and including 1984 - were the alpine Skibewerbe, from 1984, the Nordic Skibewerbe, not as the world championships. Eriksen thus was also the giant slalom World Champion 1952 - and also 3 times World Champion in 1954 in Åre (slalom, giant slalom, combined ). Between 1949 and 1954 he also won six Norwegian championship. In 1954, he won among others the slalom of the 3 - Tre race on the Marmolada. In 1952 he was awarded the Holmenkollen medal. 1951 and 1954 won the election Eriksen of Norway's Sportsman of the Year, 1951, the Morgenbladet gold medal.
Stein Eriksen was due to his appearance and his charisma, the first " superstar " in alpine skiing. Shortly after his Olympic victory wandered Stein Eriksen made in the USA. He worked as a ski instructor in various regions of the United States. Currently, Eriksen Director of the Deer Valley Resort in Utah.
He is married and has four children. He divides his time between Utah and Montana. In 1997, Eriksen has been recognized by sports enthusiasts with the highest Norwegian Norwegian royal ceremony. His father Marius represented Norway at the Olympic Games in 1912 as Turner.
Only with Erik Haker in the 1970s and especially the early 1990s with Kjetil André Aamodt and Lasse Kjus came to the Norwegian alpine skiers 'right' successor for Eriksen.