Egil often said he could ski better than he could walk. His interest in Dartmouth was fueled by his desire to continue skiing and he felt sure that both his skiing and getting an education, could be accomplished attending Dartmouth.
Egil lettered in skiing all four years. He became Skimeister in his junior year for the four way combined of slalom, downhill, jumping and cross-country. During this time he also coached children from ages twelve to sixteen in racing techniques.
In accepting the position from the town of Hanover for coaching children, Egil had as a stipulation that he got to pick two of the children, he was to coach. Hanover agreed. Egil wanted to give an opportunity to two talented children that could not afford the training and he lived up to his word.
Egil lettered in Soccer all four years at Dartmouth and still holds the Hat Trick Record for Dartmouth Soccer for making three Hat Tricks in one season. Although that dates back to 1953, his record has not yet been matched. Egil was also an Alternate on the All American Soccer Team.
At the end of Egil’s senior year at Dartmouth, he was picked to be the Cartographer on the “Blue Dolphin”, a 100-foot schooner, for a three-month expedition to parts of Greenland seeking year round open harbors.
Egil started skiing at the age of two. His ski career began in Norway 1946. Self taught, Egil‘s racing success brought him recognition, such that he was on the Norwegian Olympic Squad from 1950 to1952. The photo to the right is of Egil doing a summersault in Norway May 17, 1951.
Handball was a popular sport among grade schoolers in Oslo, Norway. The games reopened after the war. Although there was no money for team uniforms, the boys were eager to be able to play again. The photo to the right was taken in Oslo 1946 after winning the Oslo Championship for grade schoolers.
Egil started soccer in 1946, after the war when their playgrounds were reopened. He started with pick-up games. This is were kids would go to the playground, someone had a ball and the boys divided themselves into teams. By 1947, he joined Varg, a Soccer Club in Oslo and started playing in various leagues. Egil advanced to the All Oslo Junior Soccer Teams from 1948 to 1952. The photo to the left was taken in 1951.